Oh yes, that’s how Filipinos regard this occasion. The moment ‘ber’ months come in, everyone gets excited, others feeling melancholic, stores have all these cute snowbabies ornaments early on display and almost everyone gets this feeling of concern where to get money to spend for the holidays.
I have this love | hate feeling towards this practice. Love, because it gets everyone a motivation, excitement and plans what to do in the next months to come. But hate it on the other hand because, what is there to get excited about celebrating just a day where the only concern are the Catholic faithfuls. But then, looking at the bigger picture we all get smooched to this occasion. I don’t want to play Scrooge but I hate it when I get to queue for 1 hour just to get my milk punched.
But then, looking at the brighter side, there’s pay bonus and vacation.