Ok, let’s start with the facts. I adore Christmas. Not just any old Christmas, but the snow-covered, sweater-wearing, eggnog-drinking, fireplace-roasting type. Perhaps some would call that a traditional Christmas. Call it whatever you like, that will always be what my image of Christmas looks like.
Please note: A Manila Christmas looks NOTHING like my preferred traditional Christmas (which was a painful adjustment last year). Rest assured, I have fixed my mindset in advance and I am going to do my best to embrace Christmas here and not make myself sour again. The problem is that they’re not making it easy on me.
Filipinos insist on beginning to celebrate Christmas as soon as the ‘ber’ months start, namely September 1st. It’s no holds barred after that and it lasts well into February. You do the math people, that’s nearly 6 months of Christmas. It’s too much and I’ve got to draw the line here because it dilutes the ‘special-ness’ of the Christmas season when you make it half of the year! Wouldn’t you agree?
I am personally insisting that Christmas not start until AT LEAST November 1st. That I can handle. But until then I am not open to receiving “Merry Christmas Mum” greetings or seeing Santa hats on store employees. Let’s just focus on getting through Halloween first, ok?
So, given my firm commitment to this, you can imagine my dismay when I walked into my Dermatologist’s office yesterday and heard Christmas carols playing. I tolerated it for about 5 minutes and then in my politest voice ever, asked if we could kindly switch the music from Christmas tunes to something else. They stared at me like I was a baby Jesus hater and said, “You do not like Christmas tunes mum?” Well yes, as a matter of fact I do, just not in October for the entire 2 hour duration that I’m going to be in your office for treatment. Perhaps it was a wee bit ugly American, but I just didn’t think I could handle it…. don’t judge me, okay?