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Touching Letters from Greek Children to Santa Claus

Thousands of children from all over Greece sent letters to their favorite saint, Santa Claus. Most of the children threw their letters in special red boxes of the Greek postal service, which were set up before the holidays in...

Traditional Christmas Holidays for Canada’s Greek Diaspora

The most important day of Christianity was celebrated with glory by Canada’s Greek Diaspora, despite the inclement weather with stormy winds and heavy snowfall in parts of Ontario, where electricity has not yet been restored. Some churches in Montreal and...

Greece's President of Democracy Wished Everyone a Merry Christmas

The band of Presidential Guard, the National Opera children's choir and the Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra of Amfilohia visited the President of Democracy, Karolos Papoulias this morning to sing traditional Christmas carols. Mr. Papoulias wished everyone a Merry Christmas, before departing...

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 bears unique traditions. However, the atmosphere is the same everywhere and Christmas is always full of joy...

The Roots of "Christmas" in Ancient Greece

Christmas is the most important, and perhaps the most treasured, celebration of Christianity filled with joy and love. Every country celebrates with different customs that have deep roots within history and tradition. We can find a variety of similarities...

Kelly Clarkson Celebrates Christmas with Television Special

Newlywed and expectant mom Kelly Clarkson is getting in the holiday spirit with her own television special, "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale." The 31-year-old pop singer, who is part Greek, taped a Christmas music special that airs Wednesday, Dec....

Istanbul’s Greeks Celebrated Christmas With Their Traditional “Kalanda”

Istanbul's Greeks celebrated Christmas with their traditional "kalanda" activity where Zoğrafyon Greek High School students chanted Christmas carols on Istiklal street. Since 2009 Istanbul's Greek community has celebrated Christmas with a special walk on Istiklal street, singing Christmas carols and...

Retailers to See Xmas Sales Down by 18%

Greek retailers will see the Christmas and New Year-related revenue decline 18% as business is blighted by the country's fifth year of recession, the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce said. Nationwide spending on food and gifts will fall to 7.6...

Israel Eases Christmas Movement for Christians

The Israeli army announced Monday special measures to ease the movement of Palestinian Christians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from now till into January to allow for seasonal celebrations. The West Bank Christians will be allowed to...

A Christmas Tradition, Also a Greek One

When Christmas comes along we think of Santa Claus, presents and mistletoe. Those who have significant others can’t wait to run under the mistletoe so they can give that special someone their Christmas kiss. Those who don’t have significant...