Noon broadcast announced 80 Japanese transports sighted off northern Luzon, obviously for major offensive against Philippines. Japanese troops in Davao engaged in heavy fighting. Most serious outlook for Philippine Islands since beginning of war. Penang, oldest British colony in Far East, abandoned to Japanese. Hong Kong (beautiful city) practically admitted lost. Where is the American fleet? Will it get here in time?
Christmas card from American friends on nearby sugar central. First indication that Christmas is near. Children will know nothing of Christmas this year. I do not expect to mention it to them. Toys from States will not arrive and cannot afford even new rubber balls at this time.