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Monday, 27 November 2017

Christmas Time Coming Ready or Not

First decorations for Christmas 2017 have apeared on the island.  Some of the street lights have been turned on.  A few houses high above the harbour have their Christmas lights twinkling too, wrapped unevenly around balconies.  So annoying when you see dips and bulges in the line of fairy lights.  I just want to clamber up there and push them into a straight line.  Lights out of sync are not just mightily un-aesthetically pleasing but darn right irritating.



One of the family houses has been decorated with the Christmas tree up and glowing.  Lots of hand painted pine cones, Nana-knitted mini xmas stockings and a Santa hat instead of a star or angel at the top of the tree.  Yes, for innovative change.


The Xmas tree did have an aging gilded star.  It went into the fire and burnt like a Super Nova.  I plant  a poinsettia flower at the top of our tree, which shall not go up at least until it is December.


It is actually traditional to decorate a boat here in Greece.  Our Local Council will have a small boat in the main square covered in twinkling lights along with its usual decorated tree.

This is the boat in my daughter's house.  The lights weren't working but you can imagine what it looks like lit up at night.  The tree is in another corner.  On the left of the boat (schooner?) are the family icons, some of them rather old, vintage/antique and with a silver surround.




This year they start a new tradition, a snow man on the toilet seat.


Not a Christmas painting but a wonderful wall hanging, dolphins surrounded with a frame of driftwood, made by son-in-law.

Kala Christoyenna

Merry Christmas

10 comments:

  1. Always interesting to see how other countries celebrate Christmas! Decorated boats - that makes sense. -Jenn

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    1. It's nice to have a tradition which differs from the rest of the world

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  2. Oh yes! I’d have to go up there and fix those lights as well
    It’s almost December now. So full on decorating can begin.
    I’ll put the wreath on th front door on the first!

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    1. I want to wait till after December 6th which is St Nicolas. Hopefully I can keep the kids at bay.

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  3. I try not to think of Christmas before about the 15th December, although we are already eating Mince Pies, and Lady M will be making her Christmas Cake today (or tomorrow).

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    1. The 15th is about right. Far too early now. Decorations just get tatty after a while. Xmas eve would be my choice!

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  4. I am already thinking about Christmas with a lot of envy that we don't have such a beautiful holiday.

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    1. Ah yes, Yael. But you must have your own traditions around this time of the year.

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  5. I will get the crib figures out a couple of days before Christmas. November is too early apart from baking and shopping.

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  6. I agree! I would rather have those twelve nights of concentrated Xmas, without the presents except for young santa believers. It's much better here than most places. Xmas really begins when schools close and there is Xmas school show.

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