In the Philippines, we have the longest celebration of Christmas. Why? Because when "Ber" month starts it is the beginning of our celebration. You can hear Christmas songs playing, children singing carols, streets have Christmas decorations and the malls have displays of Christmas ornaments.
Time for bonuses, parties, reunions and gift-giving. A lot of people are busy preparing for the season. Decorating their houses and thinking on what meals to prepare for their visitors and guests come Christmas day as well as ideas on what to give for their loved ones.
Unfortunately, it is also the time when we all experience great traffic. Robberies, holdup, pickpockets and looters are rampant at this time because everyone needs the money for the occasion. I suggest you make a list and stick to it so that it will be easier for you to shop, without any hassles. It's best to shop early than at the last minute, for more convenience.
Of all these matters, the true essence of Christmas is love through prayers and acts of kindness and service to less fortunate. Share your blessings.