Small children are banging on doors, jangling on their triangles. They sing to us a carol which tells us that St Basil is coming from Kessaria (in Turkey). It is St Basil who brings presents to the children here not St Nick.
New Zealand and the Pacific islands celebrated New Year 2018 at 1pm Greek time. We watched on the news as fireworks blazed above Auckland and Sydney. Kiribati and Samoa got a mention as well. They are islands in the Pacific where the sun rises first every year.
New Year's Eve in Times Square and elsewhere in the world must have gone off without incident . No breaking news broadcast interrupted our Greek music programme.