Nothing excites Filipinos more than the anticipation of the happiest season of the year.
Around the beginning of the last quarter of the year, department stores start playing their Christmas music to psych the mall patrons to start their holiday shopping.
Around this time as well, street lights start getting dressed up with holiday themed decorations, and the town plaza will start to boast of a lit up Christmas tree.
Around this time people start putting up their Christmas trees and their homes start to transform into a lit-up wonderland of lights.
All these while the poinsettias turn red, which is a sign that the air starts to feel cooler, and the donning of sweaters, turtle-necks, and scarves mark the beginning of this much awaited time of cooler climate.
Filipinos must have a true-love relationship with the Christmas Season that on the 100th day before Dec 25th, a countdown ensues, making the holiday season stretch to the entire last quarter of the year. It really is no surprise that the Philippines was heralded as the nation that celebrates the longest Christmas season.