Holiday Season Begins

This is the week before Thanksgiving in the US and the preludes to Christmas are underway in even here in Panama.  Last weekend they had a Christmas Bazaar at the Balboa Yacht Club.  It was not a well attended event but there were some interesting craft items for sale.  I expect that the late-morning downpours kept most of the shoppers away.  This last Thursday Doreen went shopping with a group of girls.  It was an organized activity of a women’s group here and we spent the entire day checking out four stores, stopping to enjoy a lunch at one of the nicer hotels in Panama City.  Most of the shops sold items that were fun to look at, but not practical to have on a sailboat.  The last shop was a large Christmas store that had all kinds of wonderful decorations.  There were many set ups of the various village sets that are sold to decorate fireplace mantles or villages under Christmas trees.   I did pick up a short string of lights that worked on D-size batteries as well as some tiny ornaments that I just could not pass up.

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Yesterday Bill and I went to the Albrook Mall.  It is a very large Mall and they were in the process of getting the last of the Christmas decorations up.  It was crowded with shoppers.    We enjoyed people-watching while we ate some sticky buns with the great coffee that is available down here.