Monday, December 25, 2006

Maligayang Pasko, Everybody! (Merry Christmas)

Last night, we spent “noche buena” at my aunt’s house in the East Bay, eating barbequed ribs (yes, a BBQ in December!) and singing hours and hours of karaoke. We returned home at one in the morning and began cooking a holiday feast for FILL UP AMERICA (, an organization seeking to serve home-cooked Christmas meals to over 300 San Francisco homeless. Christopher and I were up until five a.m., cooking a meal which included a 20-lbs roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, biscuits, corn, green beans, apple pie and brownies! We took a quick nap and then drove the meal to the shelter. It was wonderful to start the Christmas morn, sharing our food and love to those in need.

Being so far away from family and friends, and seeing as the weather is sixty degrees and there are palm trees outside our window, it’s a far cry from the white Christmases with which we grew up, but we wanted to take this time to wish each and every one of you a very merry Christmas. Though we are sad not to see our loved ones today, we are happy knowing that we helped others enjoy the holiday.


Rishell said...

Pearl, what wonderful people you are to share your Christmas feeding strangers! No wonder I feel so much love for you!

Thanks for the beautiful things you wrote in my Christmas card. I am also so thankful to have met you this year. I can;t wait ti see you again to hopefully meet your HOT husband. (That picture of him in the fedora is the first time I've seen what he looks like!)
What did you think of my waterfall picture?

Dionne said...

Hey Caren! So nice of you to spend your Christmas cooking for stangers. I must say, your menu sounded yummy.. reading it made me drool. hehe! :)