Merry Christmas to all Chiriquí Chatter Readers

This is an early warning that I will soon be out of pocket. The plan is to drive to Panama City on the 21st. If everything goes as according to the plan, we will return prior to New Years Eve. But as everyone knows, plans in Panama are subject to change at a moments notice. That includes leaving and returning schedules. While I will be out of pocket, I will try to respond to emails and comments, but there will be no posts that will be made in Panama City. I may return with photos.

The only thing I know for sure is that I do not expect to see a White Christmas. Just to be safe, let me wish all of you, that have visited Chiriquí Chatter this year, a very Merry Christmas. You have all made this year very special for me.

The number of Panamanians around the world that have found Chiriquí Chatter and have added their comments to posts have increased in 2008. Chiriquí Chatter’s overall reader base continues to slowly grow on a monthly basis. It is amazing to me how many people are out there that are interested in what is going on in this part of the world.

This time of year, I get a lot of hits from students looking for Panama Christmas traditions. I added a post last year, so that their search would be a little more productive. You might even enjoy it and can find it HERE.

Stay well. Be Happy. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Don Ray

23 thoughts on “Merry Christmas to all Chiriquí Chatter Readers

  1. Feliz Navidad, Don Ray! One of those Chiricanas who found this place by accident, and has never left. Thanks so much for updating me (us) on what’s happening in Panama.

  2. Meery Christmas to you and all your loved ones Don Ray! And may the New Year be prosperous, full of happiness, good health, love and peace.
    Lilia and Mama Rosa

  3. Hi Lilia. Thanks for the two gorgeous cakes. I can feel the added pounds already. Merry Christmas to you and Mama Rosa – two of my favorite people. 🙂

  4. Hi Don,

    Long time stalker, first time commenter. Thank you so very much for all your excellent posts and sense of humour.

    I will be traveling to David on 21st with my wife, who was very excited to run into an internet celebrity at PriceSmart a week or so ago. We will wave to you when we cross paths.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours

  5. Merry Christmas, we are staying here in Enid, will have family dinners at noon and dinner on the 24th for Vic Little and family and dinner with Glenda and the girls. Will recoup on 25th. Have a safe trip and will talk again before the first of the year. Thanks for making it so easy for me to keep up with my cousin and his antics!Jan
    By the way gas is $1.59 a gallon. Wheat is up to $5.00 a bushel.

  6. Hi Don,
    One interesting part of the manger scene is that the manger remains empty until midnight,then the baby Jesus is placed in the manger and Christmas begins.

  7. Hi Tom. Yes, that comment was left a few days ago. I was not aware of that difference in Latin American tradition. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  8. Hi Don, Merry Christmas to you and your family from my wife and I. We hope you enjoyed the candy bars. It was a pleasure to meet you last month. We appreciate you keeping us informed with current information in Panama. Have a safe trip!!

    Looking at a foot of snow outside my window,

  9. Hi Don:

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. You have been a source of inspiration to many of us who read your posts on a daily basis.

    Enjoy the holidays!



  10. Don Ray,
    Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Holiday Season, and a safe trip to and from Panama City!
    Your post cards arrived, so you know, and were a big hit with Frankie’s Spanish class. Thank you for taking the time to do this favor.
    Warmest regards,
    Monte & Bonnie Hart
    Arlington, Virginia

  11. Dear Don,
    Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, your comments, blogs, etc., are an excellent source to get to know Panama and the Chiriqui area, and we look forward to seeing what’s new each day. Sure you couldn’t use a guard dog, like Sonia? Sure hope she finds a caring, loving home, and soon, she’ll make someone a wonderful lifetime companion.

    Take care,
    Clyde and Linda, and our 9 dogs and two cats..:)..

  12. Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Don Ray.
    Thanks for the updates and all the news about my beautiful Chiriqui.
    Con mucho cariño from Tampa.

  13. FELIZ NAVIDAD DON !!! It`s nice to have people like you around, our best wishes.
    Alex and Melissa

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