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Old and New Christmas Traditions in Greece

One of the most important celebrations in the Christian calendar is the annual commemoration of the birth of Christ. Each country has its own unique traditions and each region of Greece has a different history along with different myths...

The Christmas Tree Is a Tradition Older Than Christmas

Why, every Christmas, do so many people endure the mess of dried pine needles, the risk of a fire hazard and impossibly tangled strings of lights? By Troy Bickham Strapping a fir tree to the hood of my car and worrying...

How Did the Tradition of the Christmas Tree Start?

Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria, almost single-handedly brought the tradition of the Christmas tree to the British Isles, and, from there, it spread to the rest of the English-speaking world, as just one of his many innovations...

“Karavaki,” the Tradition of Decorating Boats—Not Trees—at Christmas

The tradition of the ''Karavaki,'' which is Greek for ''small boat,'' is deeply rooted in the folkways of a country with a symbiotic relationship with the sea.

The Ancient Greek Custom of Decorating Tree Branches

An ancient Greek custom of decorating tree branches for a sort of thanksgiving ritual, is found in Plutarch's writings.

Greek Island of Alonissos Installs Underwater Christmas Tree

The Greek island of Alonissos has chosen to celebrate its connection with the sea this year by organizing a symbolic underwater decoration of a Christmas tree. Alonissos was recently voted by British tour operators as Best Diving Destination at the...

Countdown to Christmas Kicks Off in Athens With Tree Lighting Ceremony

The festive season kicked off in Athens with the Christmas tree lighting at Syntagma Square opposite the Greek Parliament building on Thursday evening. Kostas Bakoyannis, the mayor of Athens, gave the official signal for the illumination of the giant 21-meter-high...

Town in Greece’s Mani Decorates Prickly Pear as Christmas Tree

The town of Areopolis in Greece's Mani region in the southern Peloponnese has decorated a huge prickly pear, called fragosykia in Greek, to make it its signature Christmas tree. The prickly pear is widespread in Mani. The plant thrives easily,...

Christmas Tree in Athens Dedicated to the Unseen Heroes of the Greek Capital

The Municipality of Athens illuminated the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square on Monday evening which this year is dedicated to the heroes who have been on the frontlines for Athens this holiday season and every day of the year. The...

Vandals Torch Christmas Tree in Athens’ Exarchia for the Second Time in a Week

Unknown vandals burned for the second time in less than two days the Christmas tree of the central square of the notorious Exarchia district in Athens on Friday night. The new incident took place just a few hours after the...