During this period -- and even without counting all the traditions of different ethnic groups and assorted private Christmas parties, gatherings, and antics -- there are nine important holidays on a Thanksgiving/Christmas Day level, all with their own particular delicacies, feasts, and celebrations. Christmas Day itself is a fairly pious family affair that involves presents of cash money (while on Ninos Inocentes, it's historically OK to Punk'd people to borrow money and never pay it back). Then, there are various feasts, festivals, and light shows that occupy the majority of the calendar until well into January, or even early February.
They're also big on huge-ass lanterns.
Does this sound like your very own personal hell so far? Of course it does. No one wants literally months of Christmas, especially as the time frame would eat into much more fun holidays such as Halloween. But, I'm not suggesting we should adapt everything from the Philippines' Christmas ways. Just the time frame (and maybe the money-for-gifts thing, because I hate, hate, hate Christmas shopping). We already have everything else we need.
Think about it: As I've listed now and before, almost every Christmas tradition that has somehow managed to elude Western mainstream culture is far closer to a really neat way to blend Halloween and New Year's Eve together with creepy and badass traditions than the plastic, tinsel-y commercial Christmas we know and begrudgingly indulge in. Forget caroling and having to fight 350-pound housewives for the last piece of garbage hit toy your niece can't live without in the store. Let's bring on the fire, the pub crawls, the parties, the Krampus and Nuuttipukki antics, the vodka-fueled Russian Christmas, and that giant Swedish straw goat they keep burning down. Let's spread that shit all over the Philippines-style Christmas calendar and have a holiday to remember.
As a downside, the world could probably only take two or three of these months-long super-Christmases before everything would devolve into Mad Max-style anarchy. But, really, isn't that the aftermath of pretty much every holiday time?
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