Photo of the Week
December 19, 1999
This week's photo is from the McLaughlin
Family's "Panama Christmas Tree". For many years now, it has
been a tradition to have a "Panama Christmas Tree" in our
home. My Mother started this after my folks left Panama in '78.
Every year Mom would set up her Norfolk Pine with ornaments from
Panama. Every year we used to bring up the straw ornaments from El
Valle to add to my Mom's collection. We started our own
collection too. Every trip to El Valle would mean a purchase of a few
more straw ornaments for the collection. Then there was a San Blas
lady that came to our house to sell her molas, her name was Hilda. She
introduced us to the the mola ornaments which are stuffed with cotton.
We then added these to the traditional tree. Mom died in '89 and we
have carried on her tradition every year since. We have our big tree
with the regular stuff in our Florida Room, and then our "Panama
Christmas Tree" is in our Living Room. It is certainly a nice
tradition....The above photo shows El Valle straw ornaments of hats, a fish,
a star and a lady in a montuno, a set of miniature congos and a couple of
mola ornaments. I took this photo close up for effect. The
actual tree stands 3 feet high and is loaded with a wonderful variety of
ornaments from home.
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