As your probably know, the Isthmus of Panama is located in the tropical Zone which is hot and humid with thick tropical vegetation. It rains a lot during the wet season, and quite dry during the summer. In Panama we don’t have natural grown pine trees nor snow, not matter how hard our supermarkets makes us think this is true during the Christmas Holidays.
It’s absolutely ridiculous the amount of money we pay for Canadian pine trees during the month of December. Another interesting habit of most Panamanians is using snow to decorate their homes during the holidays. I consider this a cultural brainwashing. We have been penetrated by cultural patterns of other countries where pine trees and snow is commonplace during the winter time and transplanted this environment to our homes.
I would feel a lot better if our artists, government authorities, community leaders, teachers and other social agents would make our Christmas more authentic and closer to our culture and traditions. Our festivities should be based on our own environment and not imported from other countries. Lately, Santa Claus is a lot more important and easily recognized, than baby Jesus in the manger. Our children even learn how to laugh like Santa, (e.g., Ho, Ho, Ho).
Below is a huge Snow Man in the middle of a mall in Panama City, Panama. Imagine having a snow man in a country that has no snow. An example of a cultural asymmetry. Good Day.