an annual religious and cultural celebration which takes place on December 25th, unless you're a follower of the old calendar. They'll be celebrating on January 8th
Christmas Day is a holiday here and so is the day after. It is also the name day for those named Christos, Christina or variations thereof.
In days gone by it was simply a day off work. All the family ate together and then ours would walk up the steps with a box of cakes to celebrate the rest of the day with cousin Christina and later at the house next door with cousin Christos. Presents were only given by St Nik to our own 'foreign' offspring.
Nowadays it is a time to eat too much, to spend money and for families to get together whether they like it or not, usually for the sake of small children, just like the rest of the western world
Our day was 'fraught'. Small underlying tensions remained 'mostly' underlying but everything else that could go wrong, did.
The weather was warm and dry at 7am says my daughter. I wouldn't know. By 9 it was pouring with rain and it rained all day
Half of the presents I ordered are mid-Pacific, still haven't turned up. Looks like I'll be keeping them for summer name days, when they arrive.