‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, except Yiayia in her white blouse;
The moussaka was cooking, the lamb had been stewed,
For only the Greeks could serve up such delicious food!
Well here we are, Christmas once again!
The presents have been wrapped, the Christmas tree adorned, the table all laid, the brussel sprouts boiled, the yule log aflame.
In Greece, whilst Christmas is celebrated on the 25th December, it is the custom to exchange gifts on New Year’s Day instead. Agios Vassilis (the Greek Santa Claus) visits on January 1st as he is clearly far too busy stuffing his face with Baklava on Christmas day and, as like most Greeks, would never arrive on time anyway so comes a week later.
December 6th is St. Nicholas Day so celebrations are also held then.
Any excuse for food!
Did you know that the Xmas abbreviation of Christmas actually comes from the Greek Xristos or Christos which of course means Christ??
On a serious note I get a bit twitchy when O Christmas Tree comes on the radio…it drudges up old memories of Greek school where we were forced to sing the Greek version while our evil eagle-eyed tutor looked on to make sure we were singing the correct words.
Looking back on this year it has been quite a busy one. We had the Olympics, which I will admit I enjoyed more than I thought I would, and also my wedding, which was also surprisingly enjoyable. (Do read my post Success at the Altar! for more details).
Next year should be just as busy. In fact I fully intend to be more like one of those super extremists as written about in Stylist Magazine. I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions but I do love a good To Do list. And my list is a long one. Be assured, I will continue to spread the Greekness. And drink more Green tea.
So for now, I will bid you goodnight and wish you all a Kala Xristouyenna and a very happy new year!
- Traditional Carols from Greece (katandzefi.wordpress.com)