Home, as they say, is where the heart is. But oftentimes during the festive holiday season, this is the last place some families want to celebrate the most of Christmas Eve. Though Filipino culture dictates that the patriarchal or matriarchal residence is where an entire family ought to gather during particularly special occasions, there are a minority out there who would just like to first spend it with their spouses or partners and children, before heading off to religious observances and oftentimes mildly riotous get-togethers involving the following stereotypes: rowdy six year olds chasing after each other, a cousin from Vancouver who seems to have forgotten her Tagalog, a geriatric Lolo (grandfather) sitting calmly on his rocking chair smiling at everyone and everything, and a chubby, boisterous auntie who boldly insists you try everything on the table, especially the chicken pastel she only makes once a year.
Aside from this, there are expatriate families, parents with foreign or provincial guests to entertain, families of different faiths, or people who just want to feast on the finest of what the season has to offer.
For all of you and more, eat, drink and be merry, for later, the bill will come! Here is a list of top 10 best family-friendly establishments open for dinner on December 24. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!