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Season is time for bonding through gifts

Julio Mock Cardenas, ambassador of the Republic of Panama

Julio Mock Cardenas, ambassador of the Republic of Panama

The Panamanian people see Christmas as more than just a religious holiday. They welcome it as a joyful time for family reunion.
Julio Mock Cardenas, ambassador of the Republic of Panama, said his daughters would write letters to Santa Claus, asking for gifts even after realizing he did not live in the North Pole.
Parents in Panama would usually see to it that a decorated pine tree is ready before Christmas Eve. Various gifts are placed under the tree. Gifts most often given out during Christmas are new toys and clothes. But, the poverty in Panama means that some families are not able to afford the gifts or Christmas decoration.
Working with the Chino Panama Association when in Panama, the diplomat did his part to help the local community to organize Christmas parties and to give gifts to the less privileged children.
The Panamanian ambassador has long realized that the most precious and unforgettable Christmas gift is the children's happiness.
Since his posting in Taiwan, he has found rare opportunities to spend time with his children and grandchildren. This Chrismas, however, his two lovely grandchildren, who are 2 years old and 9 years old respectively, will come to Taiwan.
"They are my most precious Christmas gifts."