There are rumors about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year. And they are all true! Christmastime has a hint of magic, everything looks like it’s glitter dusted!
It’s early December and Athens is already sparkling! There is absolutely no excuse to stay in the house (except fireplaces, Home Alone marathons and fuzzy slippers) and people are out shopping, ticking things off lists and getting ready to eat, drink and be merry! Restaurants and bars are buzzing, and the upcoming Christmas menus are about to be announced.
Walking down the shopping streets like Ermou and Voukoursetiou, one feels enchanted by the sparkling storefronts. The shopping craze will most probably kick in but what’s Christmas without some splurging, right?
All houses are dressed up with the seasonal revelry and illuminated trees with glittering ornaments. Don’t act surprised if you see an all styled-up Christmas sailing boat. Greeks pay tribute to their heritage as sailors this way.
Another version of this custom has it that the sailing boats are adorned in honor of St. Nicolas the sailor's patron saint who is celebrated on December 6th. Whichever is true this beautiful sailing boat in Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki is magnificent!
Come Christmastime, 'tis the season to be jolly and carb-loaded. It doesn’t get more Christmas in Greece than eating the season’s sweet treats. They are simply irresistible. Those are arguably the reason we long for Christmases around here. Nutty, honey- dipped melomakarona and diples or caster sugar-powdered kourabiedes, they all taste insane!
The melomakarana or kourabiedes dilemma is a real struggle these days. And trust me on that, once you go melomakarona you never go gingerbread cookies back.
Please repeat after me: calories don't count during holidays.
Tradition has it that on Christmas Eve children go carol singing, holding a triangle musical instrument, striking it with its metal beater. The reward for carol singing grew to become monetary, but luckily some fall for the above mentioned sugary treats instead of a fistful of euros.
Christmas day is family day. Period. Kids wake up after having dreams about the prezzies nestled under the Christmas tree. Now that I think about it, don't we all?
Christmas day always involves a family gathering for luncheon or dinner. The traditional main course is stuffed turkey and I firmly believe that Christmases wouldn’t be the same without it.
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P.S: Should you desire my melomakarona or kourabiedes recipe drop us a comment!