The Philippines has the longest Christmas celebration starting ‘BER’ (September-December) months to the 1st Sunday of January (‘Feast of the Three Kings). Weird to foreigners but once September comes, the Christmas songs blare at malls, bazaars and even supermarkets sell ham, queso de bola and even Christmas decors and gift packs too!
So my cousin and I recently went canvassing for decors at our favorite spots in the metro (read: suppliers of bazaars and export items) and here are some of our first week of September finds.
First on our agenda is to canvass for a new Christmas Tree. Our tree is 6 years old, still okay but I wanted to get a new (and taller) one since last year. Last year we found a suitable one but figured it was too early to buy and returned after two weeks. We expected that prices will go up but darn, not an additional Php2k for a 7ft. tree! So my advise, if you found that ‘perfect’ tree, buy it! The price will go up, way higher plus it’ll lessen your chances of regret.
DON’T GO WITH JUST BALLS, TRY LOLLIPOPS AND CANDIES TOO:
Next up are tree decors of course! We add a few new ones to our mix to update instead of having it themed all the way. Last year we added ‘food’ decors (donuts, candies, etc.) which was the trend and as evidenced above, popsicles and lollipops are also in. The ‘arabesque’ theme is also still on trend as well as ‘Victorian’ in pastel colors.
RESIN & RECYCLED PAPER MATERIALS ARE STILL ‘IN’:
Decors made of resin are still on more than recycled paper decors probably because they last longer and are more durable. However, decors made of recycled paper are lighter. So its really up to you which to choose since both are made of natural or synthetic organic compounds.
For interiors displays around the house, ceramics are still a classic choice. For cookie jars n the kitchen, for wine displays, candy dishes, etc. like in the photo above.
SANTA CLAUS AND SNOW MAN OF COURSE:
Glazed, with light bulbs or electric wires, they still give off that holiday vibe like in the photo above. From candle holders to hanging displays on windows, big ones for porch and garden displays to miniature sizes for your dining table as accents. Ol’ Jolly and Frosty is still a favorite!
DIY CHRISTMAS DECORS:
If you (still have) time (and patience) to make your own decors, then go ahead and start now! DIY is the craze so knitting holiday socks, stenciled wall decors, calligraphy greeting cards, etc. Or the usual poinsettia, glittery grapes and twisted ribbons – do it while its still September!
For a unique look, take a few pieces like the mini gift boxes above, a poinsettia, cut a few ribbons, etc. Whatever you fancy, there are no rules – assemble it!
FLORAL & NEON ‘PAROL’:
What’s a Filipino Christmas without a ‘Parol’ right? The trend now is floral and neon! The bigger, the more colorful dancing lights the better!
So there you have it! Will post more finds and trends soonest.