New Years Eve
Here we go again, but at least not in our house. The cooking and eating will be happening in my daughter's house, and they'll be doing the washing up. Thanks Elli and Kyriakos.
And they'll be doing New Years day lunch.
Carol singing day again for small children who come knocking on the door trilling this day's song and banging metal triangles. I don't know how much banging and trilling was done on Poros today. No-one came a-knocking on our door out in the wilds. It is pouring with rain and bitterly cold.
The carol (kalanda) today proclaims the arrival of St Basil. My youngest grandchildren go from door to door and into every shop asking 'can we say it?' A few people actually say 'no' having heard the same kalanda many times since early morning. Not nice. This is an age old tradition. The housewife used to give the singers a sweet or cake, nowdays they get a coin. The kids go in groups and can earn quite an impressive sum of money. Xmas Eve they sing another carol and on the eve of Epiphany, 6th January.
Kosta is making bone soup today to keep out the cold and I'm making a 'vasilopita', the New Years cake with a lucky coin in it.
Tonight we have to descend to sea-level at 10pm to see-in the New Year with some of the family. Ye gods and little fishes. My traditional person would not let me miss this such important occasion but i would very happily stay at home, go to bed at 10pm and let the storm rage and the year change without my participation. The year will change with or without my presence and what will be will be
10 hours later, still raining chair legs and snow falling on the hills around Athens
Happy New Year from sunny Greece
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