I had a wonderful invitation to spend Christmas in Panama. It was an experience I hadn’t expected and one that was most enjoyable Christmases I have spent in some time. Of course Christmas is for kids and my host’s two children were anxious for Santa to arrive.
In Panama City, the Christmas celebration begins at the strike of midnight. As December 25 enters you find the sky of Panama City filled with fireworks. It started close to midnight and went for at least 10 minutes. I have never seen fireworks on Christmas before, but it is a tradition in Panama City. I wasn’t set up for night photography, but I did capture a couple photos.
Christmas day was an extremely pretty day. You can see the Pacific Ocean and new high-rise apartments being constructed in this shot.
The noon meal was a traditional meal for my hosts. There was plenty of ham, chicken, rice, plantain, potato salad, lasagna, and my cheesecake. What, you have never heard of lasagna for Christmas? Well, one of the grandmothers of host is from Italy and she makes lasagna every Christmas. It was one of the best lasagnas I have ever eaten.
Good food, great hospitality, magnificent view. It was a Christmas to remember.