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Omicron Casts Shadow on Christmas 2021 in Greece and the World

Despite all the many ways in which the world rebounded from the worst of the coronavirus crisis this year, Christmas 2021 will surely be remembered for its similarities to Christmas 2020. With major public events -- even those that were...

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...

Kalymnos Children Sing Traditional Christmas Carols for Greeks Everywhere

The schoolchildren of the Greek island of Kalymnos in the Dodecanese archipelago sang the traditional Christmas carols or kalanda for Greek people everywhere on Friday. Walking down the steep, narrow cobblestone streets of the island's capital, the children sent a...

This Christmas Tell Your Children the Real Santa Claus Story

Behind today’s mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today’s gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story all by itself.  By Lisa Bitel Santa Claus...

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...

Martha Stewart Sells Nativity Figures She Designed in Prison

As anybody should know by now, there is no way to keep Martha Stewart down; the tireless lifestyle entrepreneur is now even selling Nativity figures that she designed in federal prison. Yes, you read that right. Stewart, the ever-elegant omnimedia...

Mistletoe Marks Joy of Christmas, New Life All Over the World

Mistletoe is one of those plants that lives almost all over the globe and at this time of year, it gives us something to look forward to -- or not -- at holiday gatherings. Here are some things you may...

Greece Mandates Face Masks, Cancels Christmas Festivities

Greece announced new measures to stem the spread of Omicron and Delta variants of Covid on Thursday that include the mandatory use of face masks and the cancellation of Christmas and New Year festivities in open spaces. Since the omicron...

Unusual Greek Christmas Customs

The Christmas tree, the lights, the manger, the wrapped presents under the tree, the stockings next to the fireplace, the Christmas-themed movies on TV have become Greek customs as well, just as they are in the United States, Europe...

Greek Health Minister: Additional Covid-19 Measures After Holidays

Thanasis Plevris, Greek Minister of Health, announced on Wednesday that Greece would likely impose Covid-19 measures after the holidays to halt the spread of the omicron variant. "It is a clear position of the government that after the holidays there...