It’s Christmas Eve in Panama. This is our fifth Christmas here, and I’ve written about it in other posts. https://blog.thepanamaadventure.com/?s=Christmas
It’s also the beginning of summer and the dry season, and summer vacation time for the kids and many adults. And, it will be tourist season soon also as the “snowbirds” come down after the holidays to escape the cold weather in the north, though that affects Boquete much more than David. It was an adjustment here to have summer when everyone else is having winter, and having the days pretty much the same length the year around.
Christmas here is fun if you stay out of the shopping areas. All the stores are really busy in December because Christmas gift giving is an important part of the holiday. We went to Pricesmart last week and waited 30 minutes to check out. The staff said it’s like that every day in December. Parking lots of shopping areas are jammed. But, when you are retired the extra time isn’t a big deal.
Christmas eve is the main event here. People party, shoot off fireworks, and hang out with friends and family until midnight. At midnight it’s time to head indoors to call friends and family not present, have a traditional dinner, and open gifts. Christmas is relatively quiet, probably because everyone is recovering from the night before.
Our holiday is going very well so far. We went to Boquete last night for a band gig, fearing we would get tangled up in the congestion of the Christmas Parade but everything was fine and we arrived in the normal time. Some people were out of town, or on the wrong side of time to make it where we were, but we still had a very fun crowd. I enjoyed meeting some friends I had only known on line, and some others who I have known for longer, and everyone at “the blog table” had a great time! The drive up was gorgeous. We left breezy warm David, drove towards clouds and rainbows over beautiful mountains, but it was raining in Boquete for a good part of the evening.
Christmas for us will be quiet time at home, and enjoying tonight with friends and neighbors. Christmas (or any holidays) never has been a big event for me. I worked more than I spent it with family, and I’m not into the whole gift thing. If I can spend time with any friends and family who are nearby, and touch base with others who aren’t, that’s the holiday spirit for me.
I do want to take a moment to thank all of my blog followers! I have corresponded with many of you, and met others in person who have become good friends. I appreciate the time you all take to read what I post, and the time it takes to comment. I never expected the blog to turn into such a thing, way more than just keeping my friends and family updated. I’m really glad so many of you have found it helpful and enjoyable. I hope all of you have a good holiday season and those of you who find it challenging, find it easier than expected. But whatever happens the New Year is coming soon, and it will be time to plunge forward.
Best wishes to all of you 🙂