10 Signs that an #AweSM Christ­mas is Here

Palawan Daily News - - Lifestyle - By Rus­sell Fer­nan­dez

No one cel­e­brates the Christ­mas sea­son bet­ter than Filipinos. In fact, it is ac­tu­ally the most cel­e­brated hol­i­day in the Philip­pines. As soon as the BER months are in, the first signs of the sea­son start to ap­pear.

To kick off the BER months, we’ve listed all the signs that in­di­cate that an #AweSM Christ­mas is on its way!

1. DECORS ON DIS­PLAY

Twin­kling and danc­ing lights, gi­ant parols, tall Christ­mas trees, glit­tery or­na­ments and themed sig­nages—these are sure to turn ev­ery cor­ner into a win­ter won­der­land, sig­nal­ing the start the most won­der­ful time of the year!

2. CHRIST­MAS SONGS EV­ERY­WHERE

As the hol­i­day ap­proaches, so do the sweet merry tunes play­ing on the air, whether you’re in­side or out­side the mall. There’s no es­cap­ing the vo­cal stylings of Mariah Carey or the sooth­ing voice of Jose Mari Chan singing your all-time fa­vorite Yule­tide songs.

3. CHRIST­MAS BAZAARS

Pop-up stores, tiangges and bazaars be­gin to sprawl in your fa­vorite malls. Wher­ever you go, you’ll be tempted to splurge on bags, clothes, ac­ces­sories, and gift items at af­ford­able prices.

4. SALE! SALE! SALE!

Aside from the fes­tiv­i­ties, the ar­rival of the much-awaited 13th month pay and year-end bonuses are also signs that the sea­son of giv­ing and ul­ti­mate shop­ping has come. For sure, your fa­vorite stores will be launch­ing hard-to-re­sist pro­mos and back-to-back sales in time for the hol­i­day rush.

5. RE­UNION GA­LORE Are you hav­ing a chal­leng­ing time re­serv­ing a ta­ble in buf­fet restau­rants? Well, re­unions of all sorts may have al­ready started. So ready your an­swers be­cause your Lolo, Lola, Ti­tas and Ti­tos will surely ask a lot of ques­tions!

6. DE­LI­CIOUS DEL­I­CA­CIES

A Fil­ipino Christ­mas isn’t com­plete if there’s no pi­noy na pi­noy Yule­tide del­i­ca­cies such as bib­ingkini­tan and puto pum­bong. You can buy these in malls or on ev­ery street in the coun­try. 7. PLAN­NER SEA­SON

For mil­len­ni­als and cof­fee lovers, the start of the plan­ner sea­son is a def­i­nite sign that an #AweSM Christ­mas is here. Ev­ery year, lots of peo­ple get ex­cited about col­lect­ing stick­ers in ex­change for lim­ited-edi­tion plan­ners from their fa­vorite cof­fee shops. It is also the time to en­joy ex­clu­sive hol­i­day drinks. 8. “WIN­TER” FASH­ION

Since the Philip­pines is a trop­i­cal coun­try, the BER months’ cold tem­per­a­ture is the clos­est thing we have to win­ter. Dur­ing this time, cooler winds are ex­pected, which is why it’s an op­por­tu­nity to sport knit­ted sweaters, jack­ets and boots. It’s ac­tu­ally the only time when we can dress in lay­ers with­out sweat­ing so much.

9. EX­TENDED MALL HOURS

You’ll know it’s Christ­mas sea­son when malls ex­tend their oper­at­ing hours. By this time, ev­ery­one’s busy with their last-minute hol­i­day shop­ping and an­nual barkada catch-ups. To ac­com­mo­date all these events and ease the traf­fic flow out­side the mall area, mall hours are usu­ally ex­tended to 10pm un­til mid­night. 10. EVENTS AND PAR­TIES

An #AweSM Christ­mas is get­ting closer if you’re be­gin­ning to re­ceive in­vi­ta­tions to var­i­ous par­ties and events – from Christ­mas par­ties with friends, co­work­ers, high school and col­lege bud­dies, to re­unions with your dad or mom’s side of the fam­ily. It’s like ev­ery night of the month is a Christ­mas Eve cel­e­bra­tion.

Can you al­ready feel the hol­i­day spirit in the air?

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