The Noche Buena is that one special meal when families come together to eat as one while sharing the spirit of Jesus’ birth. No wonder it’s one of the most awaited Christmas traditions in the Philippines. Unfortunately, as one of the largest family gatherings, hosting the dinner can be stressful. Fortunately, M2Live has compiled five tips to decrease the hassle.
Prepare, prepare, prepare
Stress is usually produced by doing too many things in too little time. While it can’t be avoided during work, Noche Buena is another thing altogether. You can control your schedule and arrange, if necessary, to leave work a day or two before. Plan your meals, check your food inventory, arrange dinner entertainment, and other details ahead of time.
Delegate as much as you can
Noche Buena is about family. And the great thing about families is that they help each other out. Delegate as much as you can to others. In the spirit of Christmas, they’ll be happy to help. If your brother is coming with her family, persuade her to buy lechon on the way. Let Tito Boy think about games for the kids and have lola choose the music.
Cooking for a large group of people is overwhelming, especially if you’re responsible for several dishes. Don’t make it harder on yourself by picking elaborate meals. If the recipe requires constant stirring, checking, or flipping, delegate the task to somebody else who is less busy.
Do the hard stuff first
Don’t cram everything in one day, particularly if they’re hard to do. Do as much as you can early, which can mean a day or two before. Prep as if you’re on performing on a cooking show. Get the sauces ready, chop the vegetables and meats, and even arrange the table before December 24 arrives. On the day itself, all you have to do is mix and cook them together.
Don’t put off washing the dishes
Washing a big pile of dishes can be soul-crushing. To avoid this chore, wash the pots, pans, and utensils as soon as you’ve done cooking. Get them out if the way quickly and the pile of dinner dishes won’t appear as huge.
Christmas is a time to relax with family. Hopefully, these five tips will let you do just that. Merry Christmas!