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The Greek Way: No matter what   ... you should smash the pomegranate !
 In Greece, 
people hang a pomegranate above the front door of their house. 
By the New Year, the fruit has dried, so the Greeks throw it on the ground of  front door so it breaks, 
and step into the house on right foot..
The Ancient Rebirthing Pomegranate, So Greek to me !

The pomegranate fruit has been used throughout history and in virtually every religion as a symbol of humanity’s central beliefs and ideals, namely, life and death, rebirth and eternal life, fertility and marriage, and abundance...
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Greek Christmas Days

 


Tsakalotos Yours Faithful  @J_Dijsselbloem .It's official ... 

Greek Finance Minister officially declared the country's "adherence", "compliance" and "faithfulness" to Greece's creditors by his apology letter sent to promise  that Tsipras' government will never give any relief to the poorest of the country without the creditors permission.

But before that , he cleverly chose to show his bravery to the Greek audience- and only- , reminding ... Read Full Post »

 

Traditionally on Christmas Eve the band of the Armed Forces, Christmas and New Years Eve carols to the President Prokopis Pavlopoulos
PM Alexis Tsipras wishes Α merry Christmas with solidarity, democracy, dignity and optimism for justice and prosperity


While Greek PM saw  "light in the end of the tunnel", as said on his  New Years Eve message,  Greeks showed to  be more pessimistic than ever for the country' s and their personal next days...Read Full Post »






Before and After Have a look on our 2014-2015 Austerity2Left gov special Page when Tsipras had maximised Hope and the Greek Expectations... 

                          photo above, Spiros Haritatos fb

Christmas in Blood 

  • Migrants sex attacks throughout Germany in NYE
    Migrants sex attacks throughout Germany in NYE
  • France:almost 1,000 cars were set on fire and destroyed on New Years Eve
    France:almost 1,000 cars were set on fire and destroyed on New Years Eve
  • Club Reina, Istambul, Taner Ünal fb
    Club Reina, Istambul, Taner Ünal fb
  •  Black Sea plane crash , 92 victims
    Black Sea plane crash , 92 victims
  • Berlin U-Bahn attackers try to set homeless man on fire in Christmas Eve
    Berlin U-Bahn attackers try to set homeless man on fire in Christmas Eve
  • Belgium terror fears: Boy, 14, found with rucksack full of bombs marked 'Allah Akbar'
    Belgium terror fears: Boy, 14, found with rucksack full of bombs marked 'Allah Akbar'
  • Berlin truck crash in Chrismas Market, 12 victims
    Berlin truck crash in Chrismas Market, 12 victims
Migrants sex attacks throughout Germany in NYE
Migrants sex attacks throughout Germany in NYE

Festive Christmas Spirit in Europe is gone, the NYT, but not only from Europe, as it seems  .

The West-hating militants have used Facebook before Christmas and messaging app Telegram ...

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Christmas in White 


Protect Yourself from Snowfall in Greece

The Civil Protection Secretariat Official Guidelines  Read Full Post »




Prayer and Faith

In Crete the Original 2016- year-old Gifts of the Magi to to newborn Jesus for public Prayer 


The gifts of the Magi, the wise men to the Newborn Jesus are intact and safeguarded in a monastery in Greece. Durig this Christmas  the priceless gifts have been displayed from  the Monastery of St. Paul, one of twenty monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula to the Tito Monastery for public praying .Read Full Post »


Hidden "Angel looking over birthplace of Jesus" Mosaic revealed in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity

An ancient angel mosaic on a wall in the upper part of the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus was uncovered during restoration works by Italian experts at the site, in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem 

PM's visit to Jesus tomb 

Whilst in Jerusalem, Tsipras made an official visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the Greek team of scientists first uncovered the real rock of Jesus tomb was first uncovered by Greek scientists .... find full story

Source: ESA

"'Adoration of the Magi,' one scene in a fresco cycle, painted by the Florentine master Giotto di Bondone. The cycle decorates the interior of the Scrovegnichapel in Padua and was probably begun in 1303. Halley's Comet appeared in 1301 and served as a model for Giotto's 'Star of Bethlehem'. ESA named its mission to Halley's Comet 'Giotto' in recognition of the fact that Giotto di Bondone made the first 'scientific' drawing of the comet recorded in history."


 

Christmas season in Greece starts each year on December 6 th, the Saint Nicolas day in Christian Orthodox Religion, and ends on January 6 th, the Feast of the Epiphany (Theophania)day. Celebrations pick-up from the 20 th of December, as Christmas and the New Years Eve get closer.

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Feel Greek Christmas

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Decorate a small Christmas boat 

Athens has its own on Syntagma square .
Traditionally Greeks would decorate a small boat instead of a tree. The tradition dates back hundreds of years when many Greeks were working as seamen.
During Christmas time, when they were returning home after the long travels, the wives and kids would celebrate their return by decorating small wooden boats for the “Welcome home”. Besides , it's St. Nicolas the protector of the seamen.... 
 
Ancient Greece in Christmas Spirit
We can find a variety of similarities in the commemoration of the birth of Christ and Dionysus between ancient and contemporary Greece. If we look at the ancient Greek history and the traditions within, we will see that some of our customs have their roots in ancient Greece.

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The patron saint of the holiday,  Saint Nicolas, for the Christian  Orthodox is also the protector of sailors. For this reason, you will often see boats decorated with many sparkling lights, rather than the traditional Christmas trees.
 



Taste Greek Christmas

Christopsomo
 The
Christ’s Bread On Christmas Eve, the housewife bakes Christopsomo, a centuries-long custom,  a sweet yeast bread decorated with the symbol of the cross  that intersects  the bread into four segments. On Christmas Day, the head of the family takes the loaf, makes a cross blessing upon it, cuts it into pieces and offers it to family members and those present at the Christmas dinner, a symbolic representation of the Holy Communion, when Jesus Christ gave the bread of life to all mankind


Kourabiedes During Christmas Season in Greece the favourite festive sweets and desserts  become widely available: Melomakarona, Diples and Kourabiedes.
Melomakarona is supposed to be a dessert that’s suitable for those following the Orthodox Christian fasting, which doesn't allow the consumption of any dairy/animal products.



Sing Greek Christmas

The Carols

Christmas caroling is very popular, and although you might hear them being sung at any given moment during the holiday season, there are actually three "official" caroling days. The custom is that children go from house to house singing the carol, with the accompaniment of a triangle, and residents of the houses give them a small amount of money. Greek Christmas carols (calanda) are sung on the mornings of Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and January 5, the Eve of the Epiphany.



There are two sides to Christmas in Greece; one is religious and solemn, while the other is festive and glamorous. Both of them have their charm. Most towns in Greece are decorated with bright lights, bells, angels and other Christmasy objects.


Travel Greek Christmas

During Christmas time in Greece, you should discover the mainland villages with the picturesque stone-brick houses and narrow alleyways, which in the wintertime resemble a small Santa's village.

 Most winter resorts in the countryside offer quaint accommodations and are  close to Greece's snow centers

The most popular onesParnassos near the town of Arcahova, Pertouli and Pilio in the region of Thessaly, Tymfristos in the Karpenissi area, Helmos in the town of Kalavrita, Mainalos in Vytina, Peloponnese, Vasilitsa in Grevena and Kaimaktsalan in Edessa.

source: SETE


By the Ambassad's eyes


Fantasize Greek Christmas 

The goblins
According to tradition, during the Greek 12 days of Christmas (December 25 to January 6), goblins come out to tease people and eat their food. This tradition is based on the legend that the "waters aren't christened" since Christ has not yet been baptized. The goblins are renowned for their ugliness and their impishness. They are not very intelligent and can't really hurt anybody. It is said that they enter houses through chimneys, and this is the reason people, especially in villages, keep the fireplace lit during the 12 days of Christmas
Bedtime Greek fairytales:
Instead of reading your kids their favorite fairytales in English, try to read them in Greek during the holidays  Listening to Greek, even if you have to explain some parts in English, can be really fun and beneficial for the kids’ comprehension and listening skills