Hanging and Putting Up Christmas Decorations is On!

@ronadelle (1547)
Philippines
September 15, 2011 4:46pm CST
We Filipinos celebrate Christmas as early as September. You may be a bit surprised but this is true. And so, as I expected, malls are starting to put up Christmas decors, and soon enough, I will be seeing decorations too at the side of the roads, parks, and houses. My neighbors already decorated their homes and doors and it felt really good to see. I can't wait to see Imus, Cavite which is a town next to where I live. It is known to be the Christmas capital of the Philippines for you will really be amazed on how beautifully decorated the homes and roads are during Christmas season. I think they really spend much money to buy all those amazing decorations and bright, colorful lights that they put at the sides of the road. I'm planning to buy some decors as soon as I see what's in store. So how about you? When will you start hanging Christmas decors and putting up Christmas tree? ;)
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@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
16 Sep 11
Giant Christmas Tree - This 15m tall Christmas tree was one of the highlights at Orchard Road's Christmas Light Up event last year.
ronadelle, It is really too soon for Christmas decorations in Singapore. In Singapore, we have an event called the Christmas Light Up which will let all Singaporeans and foreigners in Singapore enjoy the atmosphere and spirit of Christmas. The authorities will designate certain areas of the city to be decorated with various Christmas decorations and there will be a contest amongst various buildings such as malls, hotels or office towers in the area for the best decoration. During this time local churches will form groups or choirs to stage various performances or caroling on the streets while the Singapore Symphony Orchestra will perform at various venues to heighten the spirit and celebration of Christmas. All of which will culminate to the countdown on Christmas Eve where the whole of Orchard Road will be closed to traffic for a big gathering and celebration. Last year, Marina Bay and Orchard Road was designated to put up Christmas decorations between November till December. Likewise, we will only be able to see this event and decorations in November as there are other racial festivities which we will celebrate before Christmas like Deepavali/Diwali/Festival of Lights (Indian) on Oct. 26 and Hari Raya Haji/Festival of Sacrifice (Muslims) on Nov. 6. So, the light up event for this year will take place mid November.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Wow! I'd love to see all of that! I wish I could get my passport soon and fly there just to experience those! And I love the huge Christmas tree photo. Thanks for sharing this. ;)
@peavey (15874)
• United States
15 Sep 11
As much as I love Christmas, I don't start until the day after Thanksgiving, which is the last Thursday in November. I could start earlier but people would think I was nuts! Maybe I'll move to the Philippines Honestly, I listen to Christmas music whenever the mood strikes me and that's usually several times a year, especially in summer. But decorating is left until later.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
That's our difference, we celebrate Christmas this early and we don't have Thanksgiving here. The truth is, Christmas music are now being played on our radio stations especially during Sundays. Just last Sunday, when I and husband had our breakfast at McDonalds, my husband was shocked that he heard Christmas music playing while we were eating. It's really fun!
@peavey (15874)
• United States
15 Sep 11
Do you celebrate Christmas on December 25?
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
Yes, we do. We're just excited this early. Haha!
@ckciasigurl (1585)
• Vienna, Austria
16 Sep 11
hi ronadelle it is already September and honestly my mom is fixing some decoration already yes she began decorating our house already with beautiful flower lights , and Christmas tree ,
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
yes ckciasigurl, my wife just started dusting off our old christmas tree and will be reassembled no later than this week. on my part, I will check also the christmas lights whether they are still working so we can hang it in our christmas tree together with some decors that my wife is trying to figure out where she kept it last year.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
21 Sep 11
Wow, I'm so excited for you both. Have fun putting up those decorations!
@SIMPLYD (75375)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
People can really be so excited once the "ber" months comes in. With the Christmas carols starting to be played on radios , you cannot help but be excited too. However, we would usually put up Christmas decors after November 2, All Souls Day. But preparations for Christmas , such as gift buying is little by little being started already by us. We are trying to buy gifts and Christmas items while they are still cheap.
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
Yes, we also started buying christmas gifts these days while prices is still not that high. But sometimes, we forget some things for some of our friends and we use to buy it after the new year when most stores are selling on bargain prices.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
21 Sep 11
Great idea that we would start Christmas shopping this early while items are still cheap. Have fun with your shopping!
@fantabulus (4006)
• India
16 Sep 11
Hiii Rona Ohhhh Christmas is on Dec. month and preparation started now. Woooo you are very excited for decoration nice really when our festival has came we enjoyed lot and purchase lots of things..Friend I am also starting preparation for Diwali festival cleaning the house is first step..
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
What is Diwali festival, fantabulus, is it similar to Christmas? I believe you are a Christian also although I guess you are an Indian, right?
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
21 Sep 11
Yeah, I'd like to know about Diwali festival as well. What is the festival about fantabulus?
@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Hi ronadelle! I am also already seeing Christmas decors being sold in the streets particularly those lanterns shaped differently adorned with Christmas lights. I want to buy one but according to my co-worker, the cheapest and the smallest already cost 350 pesos. The reindeers in a sleigh will cost five thousand pesos and more. Really expensive. I wanted a simple star but that would already cost a thousand and above. We have not yet put up Christmas decors in our house. I think no one in our house is in the Christmas spirit yet. There's still no plan of taking out our old Christmas decors and putting them up.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
True, old Christmas decors, if still are good, will still give the feeling of excitement for the season!
@jaiho2009 (39077)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
I also saw shopping bags from malls with x-mas greetings and yes, few malls has full x-mas decorations. I don't observe x-mas but I do buy gifts for my many friends and for my loved ones as well. Buying this early is a good way to prevent cramming and to avoid hassles when it comes to shopping for gifts. have a good day jaiho®
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
And to add, it's still cheaper and practical! Have fun buying gifts for your loved ones and friends!
@GemmaR (8527)
16 Sep 11
I live in the UK, and have noticed that we seem to be starting Christmas earlier and earlier every year. I was in a supermarket a couple of weeks ago and I noticed that there were boxes of Christmas biscuits on sale already. I think that it is totally too early to even start thinking about Christmas, but all of the shops think that they have to do it in order to make the most amount of money from it that they can. I won't even be thinking about Christmas shopping until November, because I need to be able to save up enough money to do it, first and foremost.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Yep that's a wise decision. ;)
@00fear (3203)
• United States
16 Sep 11
Wow I never knew about the September Christmas Filipinos celebrate. Here, the we do it, in our family at least, we start decorating our house right after Thanksgiving (which is on the Nov. 25) and we wait til they start selling the Christmas tree. Recently, they had put out Christmas tree for sale late. Before they would sell it on late November. After those things are done, we start going Christmas shopping.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Hi there, here in our country only very few people celebrate thanksgiving. I think only churches only. I think we Filipinos start to decorate as soon as now because Christmas items out in stores are still cheaper. When November comes in, that's when they raise items into higher prices.;)
• United States
16 Sep 11
My store has put up a selection of Christmas items up already. Usually after Laborday (first Monday in September) many stores start putting up Christmas decor. As for my household we will not be putting up anything here unil after Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in Novemeber) and hopefully in time for St. Nickolas (December 6th)
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
I see. It's crazy here you know, my neighbors already decorated their homes here. It's funny yet they sight at those decors gives some happy feeling somehow. May I ask, where are you from?
@koperty3 (1877)
16 Sep 11
As I live in UK I celebrate Christmas in December. But in Tv you can watch some Christmas adds already and I really don't like it. I follow the tradition and I start decorating my Christmas tree 24th December not earlier. We hung some decoration around our home few days earlier. By the way why won't you make some pictures and submit here so everybody can see how Your nation celebrate Christmas? What you think? I would be delighted to see them.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
21 Sep 11
Okay friend! I'll try to take pictures around. ;)
@louievill (16341)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
Don't you think it's rather too early? We will still pass "all souls day" and "all saints day" ( Nov.1&2)or halloween in other cultures, these holidays are sacred to some Catholics so it may seem inappropriate . I think big business , especially Malls are the ones in a hurry for Christmas because they want to capitalize on sales. An early Christmas would be expensive and would hurt our pockets , but if there is one consolation, the children would benefit the most. I did not know Imus is now the Christmas capital, I only know Tangub city in Misamis Occidental is the Christmas capital of Mindanao ?? Anyway we are near Cavite through Molino road or Daang Hari, might drop by one of these days to see for my self and take pictures and videos.
@ronadelle (1547)
• Philippines
21 Sep 11
Yep, actually you can see the "Welcome to the Christmas Capital of the Philippines" arc entering the road of Imus if you're coming from Manila. Have fun with the Christmas shopping!
@webzap (885)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
Every time September comes, that is the signal that Christmas is just around the corner and the festive mood that everybody feels will be until the end of the season which is Three Kings Day or first week of January. Christmas music can be heard being played in the malls, radio and television stations, and even in public transportation. Oh yes, you don't want to leave our place during this time of the year.