December 25, 2012

A Potbless Christmas Celebration 2012

Why do we celebrate Christmas?
For the reason ~ Father gave his most precious Son to us ~
Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

We have received the greatest present of all because of His love for us. This is a season of love and there is no better way to celebrate it by being with our loved ones. With our family, with our friends, with our fellow brothers and sisters in church, all amid His presence. 
This is what makes the season meaningful!

This year, I'm blessed to be invited to a potbless celebration on Christmas eve, which is organised by my friend, Joey. Yes, you've read it correctly, potbless, not potluck. It has nothing to do with luck, but everything to do with the blessings our Lord has showered upon us.
That's why we called it potbless :)

As Christmas eve draws near, we began finalizing the event details. Alena is always the most organized person. She actively posted on our facebook event page, listing the food each of us is bringing to make sure we avoid any duplication.

So on this wonderful Christmas eve, we gathered at Joey's place, lay out our wonderful potbless spread and spent a blissful evening with friends.

Here are some of the food we had:-

Most of us are not a fan of this bird as it's usually on the dry side but somehow, a Christmas feast wouldn't seem complete without this traditional poultry. It made its appearance with courtesy of Alex.

 Curry Chicken 
Featuring my favorite part, chicken wings! I can't say no to this even though I'm having a very bad cough... oops :p

 Fried Bee Hoon
 Joey got her helper to prepare this dish for us. Not a Christmasey dish, but very very Singaporean lol. Who cares, as long as the food is good :)

Our reserved area had a barbeque pit, so we might as well make full use of it and barbeque some satay!

 Mini Hotdogs & Angry Bird Fishcakes

 BBQ Prawns

 Pasta Salad 
Doris made this delicious salad. Light and easy on the palate, we enjoyed it soooooo much!

 Country Pie 
Made by Alena, this is another star dish of the evening!

 Pork Knuckles & Honey Glazed Ham 
Thanks to Joelle who brought these over.
 Chocolate & Hazelnut Cream Logcake
A touch of festivities from PinkyPiggu

This potbless celebration is made possible because of everyone's participation! Thank you!

 Here's Joey, our gracious host.

Edwin, the helpful guy who carved the turkey and cut up the pork knuckle for us. May the knife be with him.

All the very lovely ladies

The guys

Doris' daughter, Ashlynn! She's so cute and lovable! Her favorite color is pink too! We have great taste lol.

After the feasting, we ended the potbless Christmas celebration with gift exchanges. But wait.... the evening is not over yet!

Joey and I had planned earlier to attend midnight Mass, which is also one of the reason we ended the potbless celebration a bit earlier. It was Joey's first time at a Catholic Mass and it has been quite awhile since I last attended one. We went to Church of Saint Teresa which has captivated us with her beauty during the numerous times we passed by in the day. Her white facade is just as beautiful under the cloak of night. Beautiful hymns echoed throughout the church as we entered and joined in the caroling. We ushered in Christmas at stroke of midnight with the holy sound of church bells resounding all the tidings of joy!

Happy Birthday, Jesus Christ!

Blessed and Merry Christmas to All!

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given;
And the government shall be upon His shoulder;
His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 ~

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