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Kalikantzaroi: The Greek Goblins that Run Wild at Christmas

From Christmas Day until the Feast of the Epiphany, on January 6, Greeks watch over their homes especially carefully, looking for moved items or stolen Christmas goodies. That's because, according to Greek folklore, a group of tiny goblins, called...

Greece Celebrates the Most Family-Oriented Christmas in Recent Memory

Due to coronavirus restrictions, Greeks are celebrating the holidays in the most traditional way in decades, foregoing outings at the bar or parties with friends -- activities which are now banned -- to spend time with their families on...

Greek President Sends Christmas Message to Greek Diaspora

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, in a Christmas and New Year message for Greeks of the diaspora on Thursday, noted that "2021 is arriving and raising our hopes for an end to the pandemic and a gradual return to normal...

Five Traditional Greek Treats to Sweeten Up Your Christmas

During the holiday season, Greece is filled with the delicious aroma of sugary-sweet traditional treats, floating out from houses and bakeries as people prepare for the holiday season. Featuring traditional Greek flavors like nuts, citrus, spices like cinnamon and clove,...

Stray Puppies Seek Refuge in an Outdoor Nativity Scene in Greece

In a moving and somehow very appropriate Christmas scene, a group of stray puppies sought out shelter from the elements in an outdoor creche in the village of Neochori on Mount Pelion. The adorable puppies kept warm and safe in...

Christmas and New Year’s Carols From All Over Greece

Although Greece is known internationally as a top summertime destination, the Mediterranean country is also quite festive during the winter. Greece is steeped in fascinating holiday traditions, with its Christmas carols, or kalanda, being some of the most heartwarming seasonal...

Greeks Need to Press 6 for Holiday Family Gatherings

Greeks who will choose to share their Christmas day or New Year’s lunch with family or friends should send an SMS with the number 6 to leave their home, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Tuesday. According to the lockdown...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Issues Encyclical for Christmas 2020

Elpidophoros, the Archbishop of the Americas, has released an encyclical for Christmas 2020, during this most unusual of any holiday season most of us have ever experienced. Likening our many challenges, losses -- and even sometimes despair -- during this...

Pandemic Upends Christmas and New Year Festivities All Over Europe

As expected, the global coronavirus pandemic has overturned Europeans' plans for the 2020 holiday season, as governments search for measures to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, while allowing citizens to celebrate with their families and friends as much...

Europe's Largest Christmas Nativity Scene Displayed in Thessaloniki

The largest Christmas nativity scene anywhere in Europe for 2020 is in Greece's second-largest city of Thessaloniki, in Central Macedonia. The impressive display, the creation of famous Greek artist Vasilis Michailides, is located inside the Cultural Center of a well-known hotel...