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hi marvin
we do the same thing! which is spotting which houses are Filipino in the local hoods by the presence of a capiz parol. there's quite a few! unfortunately we don't have one. maybe we'll have to spring the $159 at Seafood City!

liked how you included kalamansi as an ingredient for your Christmas cookies. very creative and tasty, i'm sure. i've used kalamansi juice in my adobo in addition to vinegar.

so are your couches wrapped in plastic too? kidding dude. hope you and your family have a great Christmas!

Hee! I thought you had buckled down and baked anyway despite your promise to me that you'd never again :P Those mini-parols (they are, aren't they? ;) look deeelicious, I'm sure I would've gobbled them up in no time. The kalamansi glaze is also a great change from lemon. The ginger cookies also look awesome-- since I started baking gingerbread I've fallen for the whole spice-thing.

You've got a great parol. Take it out of the plaaaastic! I remember we used to have the bamboo-and-cellophane parol as an elementary school project. I sucked at crafts so I had my dad do it :P

Maligayang Pasko Marvin and Barbara! It was a pleasure getting to know you two in 2008. I hope your new year is a blessed one. Cheers!

maligayang pasko! = )

at manigong bagong taon! = )

if you have extra kalamansi, you can also add some of the juice to sinigang recipes (especially those with fish/shrimp/prawns/crabs).

The church I grew up in had a huge Filipino population and parols were a part of our decor. The northern windows were covered with them and I remember being entranced by them during midnight madness while I attempted to stay awake. I had forgotten all about them.

I used to mooch all kinds of delicious Filipino food at church events. Man that was awesome.

Merry Christmas to you both!

Great use of your candied calamansi! Ahhh, I miss seeing the parol during the holidays. We don't have one and our parents are a bit of a drive away...

My Mom made a parol from scratch when we were kids. Unfortunately,my siblings nor I learned how to make one, but a capiz shell parol sounds pretty.

And I love all your uses of calamansi. My dad has a tree; I'm going to have to pick some on Christmas day and try my hand at making candied calamansi.

Maligayang Pasko!

I have read somewhere that the origin of the parol was symbolic of the lanterns used by the farmers and fishermen heading to church to hear mass very early in the morning (simbang gabi) before starting work in the fields for the farmers and after having a bounty of their catch for the fishermen. That, I think is very cool.

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon, Marvin and B! :-)

The parols made of sticks and Japanese paper, or sticks and cellophane, are still around -- though lit with bulbs, of course, not candles. I like both the colorful capiz ones, like you have, and the more traditional paper ones with their pretty "tails." The problem with the latter, though, is that they're so flimsy; they can't get wet, and are so hard to store that you almost have to buy new ones every year. I guess that's why fewer people have them now. But I miss seeing them.

The Parols sure give a beautiful statement, doesn't it? Those calamansi cookies look good! I wish I can grow or buy them here in Germany. I guess, I'll just have to wait when we visit the Phil. Any bibinkas? I miss those.

Wishing you and your dear ones the best this holiday season and throughout!

I, too, like to spot Filipino homes with parols. Every November-December at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco they have classes on how to make parols.

It's Christmas eve and I found your blog as I searched the internet for an Arroz Caldo recipe. It's quiet night for my husband and I in our home in Denver. I thought arroz caldo would be a nice connection to home this evening. Your blog just made my night. Thanks for the smiles and the great memories. I'll check your blog again soon.

Our household in pinas has had the same parol for.. since before I was born. That's a long ass time.

Maligayang Pasko!

Yours is a truly Fusion household! I had no idea about those parols. I knew about the wooden spoons, but now I'll have to keep a lookout for parols too!

happy christmas!

this is so ironic, i was just explaining to my co-workers how spotting a parol signifies a Filipino family in the neighborhood. =)

hope you're having a wonderful holiday.

Hi Marvin - I plan to keep my eye out for the parol. I'm not sure if I have the guts to knock on the door and mooch some food though...

Hope you and the wife are enjoying the holidays!
LL

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
And have a happy New Year too!

Love the star cookies.:)

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon! <-- I had to look that up online.

I would hang a parol at our place, but I'm having a hard enough time having my fiance remove his shoes when entering the house.

First off, hope you and your wife, and the rest of your family and friends had a wonderful Christmas holiday.
Those are great-looking parols. I've always wanted to get a parol, since it's an authentic Filipino symbol of Christmas. But they're sooo expensive, specially the Capiz shell ones. I remember attempting to make one to show off to my hubby, but it turned out looking like Frankenstein made it!
Anyway, I finally made ukoy based on your recipe. Remember I left a comment on your blog entry of the Ukoy subject, promising to make it?
Check this out:
http://yarnhungry.wordpress.com/

Christmas Parol its looking beautiful. The cookies are yummy.

Thanks for sharing
Lucy

oh my this is funny... you're so right, my filipino neighbors have those parol, except me.. been trying to get one, but it's pretty darn expensive to buy it here! Happy New year!

by the way, is that kalamansi from your tree? LOL...

Happy New Year, marvin!

Hahaha! love your statement about how we Filipinos love to wrap our things in plastic! It started with wrapping our elementary notebooks in plastic, I suppose?

But you do have a lovely parol! It's worth wrapping it in plastic...just change the plastic when it starts to become yellowish. hehe!

The star motif is quite Filipino-ish? I just made my husband this star for Christmas not because I thought of the parol but...it looks really deeply ingrained. see my blog---http://nutart.blogspot.com/

thanks and looking forward to another year of Marvin-isms! :-D

Feliz! I hope your holidays were awesome. I channeled the Alton spirit, too, with some holiday sugar cookies, but I wish now that I'd had some kalamansi cheer to go along!

Happy New Year to you and the Mrs!

The Parol, and your cookies are gorgeous! And thank you for the tidbit of Filipino culture!

Thanks caninecologne. No, my couches aren't wrapped in plastic, but only because they didn't have any when I bought them;)

No manggy, it's going to be a while until I bake again myself! well maybe.

Thanks very much, Mila! Happy New Year to you!

Hi greasemonkey! Yes, I can imagine a seafood sinigang with lots of kalamansi!

Hi Erin, I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

You should look into buying or making a parol Joelen.

Hello Theda. Thanks for visiting my blog!

I've also read different stories of the origins of the parol, manok. I think overall, they are simply a symbol of joy during the holidays;)

Hi Katrina. I've seen the smaller "handmade" parols with the tails as well in the Filipino market here. They are indeed very pretty, but like you said, they also seem flimsy.

thanks very much rita, happy holidays to you as well.

Hi fin. thanks for visiting my blog. I'll have to look for a parol-making workshop here in socal.

Hello meg. I'm glad you got a smile out of my blog, and I hope you visit often.

Happy New Year, Jude!

Hey elmo! Yes, do keep an eye out for the parols, now you can tell a Filipino household from the outside now;)

Thanks very much, monzie. Happy holidays to you.

Hey there Lori Lynn! Yeah, it might take more than a knock on the door to get some filipino food;)

Happy New Year oggi!

I had to look it up too, Darlene! Happy New Year;)

Hi Yarn Hungry! I'm glad you finally got around to making the Ukoy! thank god your hubby liked them!

Thanks Culinary Education.

Happy New Year, Jescel! And no, the Kalamansi is from my mom's tree.

Hi Bernadette! I've always enjoyed your coconut art, but that star-inspired one is truly beautiful! Happy new year!

Feliz, Julie!

Thanks Cynthia! Much success to you in the new year.

Thanks Heidi. I'm glad you learned something about our culture.

I have never seen another parol in Oregon or Colorado where we are now. I have a very borning one which I love with white capiz shell. I have made several paper ones, using balsa wood and tissue paper. The directions are from an old Sunset Magazine, maybe the 80s.

Capiz Parol pictures from this site: http://capizparolsforsale.blogspot.com/

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