A Christmas Eve Dinner in Panama


As far as I can remember, we have always celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ with a midnight dinner.  All the family gathers, elegantly dressed up, around the dinner table and pray together with lighted candles in a dark room.  The only light comes from the flickering candles on the table.  Usually the mother or father leads the family prayers.

We followed the Christian tradition last night.  My wife, Abdiel—one of the Twisters—and his father Alcibiades, joined me in the ceremony.  There is so much to be thankful for to the Good Lord.  At 66, my perspective of life has dramatically changed and every single detail around me has a value.  Photography has also opened my eyes and I now appreciate more the reality that covers us like a magic blanket.  During the year, I’ve tried to capture our daily life with my picture box and share them with our readers.

Today the day of Christmas, I will share with you, pictures of our Christmas table just a few seconds before the clock struck twelve on December 24, 2012.

Snapshot of our Christmas table displaying some of the traditional food served during the Christmas Eve midnight dinner. You can see the moña bread, apples, pears, grapes, a fruit cake, a bottle of wine and a roasted turkey. Oh, also a cup of Chinese tea for a good digestion. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Apples, pears, and grapes are synonymous with Christmas in Panama. If you don’t have these fruits on the table on Christmas Eve, it ain’t Christmas. Oh, and don’t forget the moña bread. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for the upcoming new year.  Good Day.

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