December 24th 2011

Tonight I shall attend that yearly dinner consisting of egg-rich entrées and desserts (pictured above), with boiled cod with boiled potatotes and cabbage as the main course. That is to be followed by a giving of gifts before some people head for church, while the rest of us stay and help ourselves to some wine, cheeses, dry fruits and some more high-octane desserts. We shall have a good time, made slightly melancholic by all the planning and obligation put into it.

I wonder if there is a symbolism to the tradition of having such an incredibly bland main course bracketed by extremely sugary entreés and desserts in Portuguese Christmases. Ah well, enough philosophising:

Whatever it is you do tonight, I wish you a Merry Good Time!