Christmas in the Philippines officially starts on December 16 and ends on the first Sunday of January (except when it falls on January 1). But in practice, Christmas decorations are up and about right after November 1 when we observe religious holiday All Saints Day as a counterpart of Halloween. Some homes have their Christmas trees. But the malls and supermarkets are already playing Christmas songs as early as September, huh. Talk about excited people. And if you want to experience a nice Christmas, come to Manila on the 3rd week of December to savor the traditional lantern parade, nightly caroling, food galore, etc.