up in the Canal Zone was very different for us compared to our fellow
Americans that lived in the United States. Christmas lights and
dry season winds made my warm and fuzzy feeling inside that Christmas
was here. We had no snow or cold air, but that was just
fine. I prefer the Zonian way. My Mom and Dad always used to
put lots of Christmas lights around our house. They didn't go all
out like some folks did, like the Panzers in Diablo, but I loved what we
had. After I was on my own, I started building a collection of
homemade plywood yard decorations. Each year Margaret and I added
one or two more. We had quite a display when we lived in Gamboa.
Since leaving home, we have carried on the tradition here in Florida
with a yard full of different types of decorations with flood lights
lighting them up. We have many people driving by stop and
compliment us. We really love doing this. One day I am going
to build a Locks Locomotive like Panzer had with animation.
Panama Canal Review - December 1963
|Floodlighting and light only
half concealed in shrubbery, trees and other growth lend a classic-modern
touch to some homes. And somehow, at this season, those model
snowmen at right don't seem out of place at all on the Isthmus.
|Icicles (what are they,
Daddy?) form a back drop for an angelic choir. Santa, seeing the
snowdrifts ahead, ships up his steed who response with such a burst of
speed he almost blurred himself right out of the picture.
|Ever thoughtful and considerate, three elves ponder what to do about a fallen and broken star while a pair of reindeer prance in from stage left to see if they can be of assistance.
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