Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Basketful Of Blessings

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Here's one of the many traditions that we have at home growing up in the Philippines.

For as long as I can remember, my mother had always made it a point to have a fruit basket/tray for the New Year. This basket would contain the very select of fruits that she's able to find in the market. Soon after Christmas, she would start preparing this basket with a lot of TLC (tender loving care). Her goal is to have 12 different kinds of fruits which are to be ripe when the New Year comes along.


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These 12 fruits were to represent each month of the incoming year, reason why it is important for each fruit to be perfect and sweet. It is a wish for our family to have each month of the year be blessed -- and sweet. I call this my Mom's basketful of blessings.

I made one this year, in memory of my mother.

So with this basketful of blessings, Mr. J and I would like to wish you a very Happy , Jesus-blessed New Year. May 2009 indeed be a year of expansion, new levels and divine favors for you and your family!

Here's to more blogs, great food and wonderful friendships ahead of us!


10 comments:

mirage2g said...

I miss pakwan at mangga!!! Yaaay, mouth-watering fruits!

Tenina said...

Happy New Year 2 you 2!! What a lovely tradition...I will try that in 2010 which of course will be here be4 we know it!

noble pig said...

What a beautiful tradition that is! Happy New Year to you!

Jan said...

That is a lovely tradition!
A very happy new year to you and your family.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

What a nice tradition! Happy New Year!

Jude said...

We do something similar as well, although if I remember correctly, it was 13 round fruits or something like that.
It's fun to run to the market and gather all that stuff.
Happy new year!

Gay said...

We didn't do the fruits thing this year. We did have our traditional palitaw that I've been serving every Media Noche since I was 10 years old!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

mikky said...

i know, i know... we do that too... lol... happy new year!!! :)

spiCes said...

i did not get ourselves 13 different kinds of fruits, masasayang kasi e..so i bought nalang more than a dozen clementines:) ...that's a yummy basket of fruits! happy new year jescel!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hehe i received some round fruits from my filipina colleagues ^_^

HAPPY NEW YEAR!