Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Someone told me that putting up the Christmas tree in November is way too early...

but not the case for us.

The Philippines has a reputation as a country that celebrates Christmas the longest in the world starting as early as September and lasting until January 6 of the following year.

I grew up in this tradition and this year is not different from any other year we celebrated Christmas even though I am away from home and even though I am in a country where Christmas is not celebrated by everybody.

I am actually late this year, my mind was occupied with so many things and I don't have the will to bring out a tree from its box and dust off the ornaments. If not for the three little kids at home, the tree would have not come out from hibernation. Christmas is for the children anyways.

Prince was the one in charge to put the star on top of the tree. 

Our tree is not real, we never had a fresh tree for Christmas but yes fresh trees are available in Dubai by order from ACE hardware, All Spinneys, in Fresh Flowers, Satwa, or at Dubai Garden Center. Due to the rising demand for fresh trees in the UAE, fresh trees have become widely available. Just be sure to call them first before going to be sure they have it already.

The fresh trees come as trees only and what's a Christmas tree without the ornaments and lights. I have seen the huge stock of Christmas decorations in all colors, shapes, and sizes last week at Ace Hardware and IKEA in Dubai Festival City. There is another place called Falcon Gallery where you can get beautiful decorations (branches in Dubai and Sharjah) and many supermarkets around UAE are selling Christmas decorations. Have you been counting down the days? We do. 35 Days to go!

This wreath is an upcycled wreath made from materials I got somewhere it is no longer needed and I turn it into a pretty wreath that now adorns our front door. No matter how small or cheap or old the decors you have or even if you don't have any of them, the most important is the spirit of Christmas that lives in our hearts.

Christmas might be difficult to celebrate for those who survive the strongest typhoon that hit our country recently and those who have lost everything they have including their loved ones but Filipinos are resilient people and we all have united to help them get back on their feet again and hopefully, things will be in order before the Christmas day so they can have a Merry little Christmas too.

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.


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  1. Nope carla! You're late! We put up our xmas tree as early as september! Hehe. Anyway, i saw a comment from you waaaay back and i just read it NOW. I am negligent like that. But i see that you have done it already so good job to you! (re: how to make all the post under the same category appear in one page)

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