The Christmas season begins in September in the Philippines.
Halloween is celebrated here as well, but while you cannot find a single pumpkin the stores are already decorating for December 25th with trees and lightbulb reindeer with rotating heads. Soon, Christmas music will hit the airwaves. Earlier this week the nurses at Med asked if I was getting ready. Ian has had visa applicants wish him a Merry Christmas.
While I do Christmas shopping throughout the year, I still like to enjoy my holidays in order. I accept that Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here (duh), but since they do Halloween, couldn't Christmas wait until November 1st?
This will be our last holiday season in Manila so we will enjoy it and perhaps even purchase a blinking parole for memory's sake.