Come and wander about downtown Saigon with me as we go back to December 1966 for a look behind the scenes as the vendors get ready for Christmas customers.
Christmas and Christmas trees are usually associated with winter coats, mittens, and a roaring fire in a 55 gallon drum (and snow of course). Seems incongruous to see a bare chest, flip flops and 90 degrees together with Christmas trees.
Many Vietnamese adopted the Christian religion and customs of the Europeans who occupied their country for so many years. They couldn’t adopt the cold European winters and the snow. The only snow is the fake stuff on these miniature trees. This woman certainly appears to be lost in thought as she enjoys a rest from her labors.
Here’s a close up shot of a typical manger scene, Saigon style.
After so many years, I can’t recall details of this photo shooting trip into Saigon. I do know that I finally had an SLR and that I was a “short timer” scheduled to be shipped home to the US and out of the Air Force in January. My only regret now is that I didn’t shoot more Christmas photos when I had the opportunity.
Tomorrow, I’ll share some nice shots of the kids I encountered on this photo shooting expedition.