I am delightedly back from the Philippines for Christmas in Washington, but I can’t help but reflect on the overwhelming show that the Philippines puts on for the holiday. The Philippines does Christmas bigtime! For some reason this is one of the few things I knew about the Philippines, not sure where I had learned it.
Christmas decorations go up in September in Manila, and stay up well past Christmas. They go up by the heaps. There are literally decorations everywhere you go. Christmas trees in every office in every room. Decorations in every hallway. Every elevator is decorated, on every floor. Lights on the avenues. It is pretty incredible. I contemplate the sheer volume of decorations and where they must go on the off season.