It is September once again! You know what that means? The countdown to Christmas in the Philippines begins. This predominantly Catholic country celebrates Christmas quite longer than any other country in the world. The "Ber" months (SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, and DecemBER) is quite long to celebrate Christmas. It's quite amusing for someone not familiar with Filipino culture.
How will you know about telltale signs that Christmas in the air? But you will know that the celebration has started once you hear occassional Christmas tunes and street children starting to come out from their hideouts to start caroling with tribal tunes and quite obnoxious beatbox and raps that doesn't have to do with Christmas. Thugs, muggers, and snatchers prowl the streets to victimize helpless individuals.
Malls start having their yearend sales and other promotional activities to boost and stimulate consumer shopping spree. Parols and Christmas decorations now start appearing like mushrooms.
Christmas season eventually extends to the New Year's Day celebrations until the Sinulog Festival (especially if you are in Cebu). When you see early signs of Christmas, it's just your mind is already being programmed to think about all the things you want to buy when you receive your 13th month pay and bonus. People will start booking for flights for their annual Christmas homecoming and reunions.
Once you hear Jose Mari Chan's "Christmas in Our Hearts" then you'll know that Christmas is now on the air. Start packing your gifts now. And oh, before I forget...Merry Christmas everyone!