Merry Christmas

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Lori. I wish you’re doing great.

      What happens in Greece during these days is that the people visit each other to exchange wishes and to sit all together to eat and to drink and to sing traditional Christmas songs. Like everywhere around the world. And they, also, like to exchange handmade sweets.

      During this period of time, they, also, celebrate their Christian names. They celebrate their names all over the year, but now, it just happens to celebrate a few names that are written on the christian calendar. I mean, in Greece -in general- they do not only celebrate their birthdays, but their names, also. The names they were given when the were babies during the ceremony which is well known to all as the “baptism”.

      Since i like to pay attention to the words and the lyrics, i find this song very interesting, because of the different “scenes” of the “theatrical” performance, and because of the purpose of the visit. This is from the Ikaria island.

      It is supposed the purpose of the visit is to wish to all “Merry Christmas”, but suddenly the purpose changes … lol… and a marriage, probably will occur next year… hahahaha…

      {Singular} For you, beautiful daughter, we came to sing, and to wish you “Merry Christmas.
      {Plural} Bring (this goes to the people of the house) us wine to drink and to wish you ” and to next year” (which means to be all well, like we are today, and to enjoy next year again, like we enjoy today).

      In this house that we came, the shelves are silver made. Next year, same day like today, we wish… to be golden.

      Bring us wine to drink and to wish you ” and to next year”.

      Saint Vasilis (or Bill in English- the Santa Claus) is coming , and he holds cheese, and he holds an artichoke, also. Bring us wine to drink …

      {interesting last part) We haven’t come to eat and to drink. We’ve heard you have a beautiful daughter, and we came to see her. Bring us wine to drink, and to wish you “and to next year”.

      Ps : haha… it is a bit difficult to translate a poem the proper way, i apologize. Here’s a link with different kind of traditional Christmas songs. I wish you, Lori, great health, happiness and longevity, and “to next year” also !… haha…

      https://open.spotify.com/album/1ccyc0QpyyOaSbmgLhmJlJ

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      1. Sounds like a lot of fun! It makes Christmas mire than just presents and pretty lights!! Christmas Eve we would go to midnight mass and my hometown would sing Silent Night in German. I still know a few of the lines. Even though Mom and her mom were born in America mom still spoke some German.
        We don’t have deep traditions other than a few German/Luxembourg ones from moms side. Such as celebrating also on Dec 6, St Nicholas day by finding fruits and nuts under the tree. With mom and dad gone and me having worked most holidays as a nurse most traditions are gone, which is sad. Funny with mom and dad both being all German ancestory When they adopted both my brother and I as very small babies they were told that we were both German descent like them. Well, now that we are older and have found our biological roots, he is French and I think Cherokee and I am Mostly English and Irish! So I need to find out what the English and Irish do for Christmas!! Lol!

        Thank you for the information!! I love those types of stories! I wish we had the community bonds here like Greece appears to!

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      2. Thank you, for this wonderful comment of yours, Lori. What a story !

        Comments like yours are of great value to me. Thank you.

        They honor St Nicholas (or Agios Nikolaos) in Greece big time during the day you mention, since Saint Nicholas has the fame of the one who protects the navy and the sailors.

        You wrote about “the bonds”, dear. This is a very interesting phrase and thought. I think “Love” has this magic power, to create “bonds”. Two different kind of institutions come to my mind : Family and Community. To me, the bonds in the family are of a greater importance. Not that it isn’t important and nice to live in harmony within a community. Sometimes, though, it isn’t easy, for many reasons. Different aspects, or features, or parts of what we call “tradition” or “culture”, though, can help a bit to drive things to a direction, and to help in the creation of what we call “community bonds”, or to cover the gap, whatever the gap might be. I have the feeling -and not only- that the Americans are much better than the Greeks on this. It might sound a bit weird what i just wrote, but this is what i think. Nothing more than an opinion of mine, of course, for which i can write more but i won’t… lol…

        Enjoy the Christmas, Lori. And thank you, for once again, dear ! Have a wonderful day !

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      3. I agree, bonds of family are more important! You have a great Christmas season too! I’m getting excited as my son who lives in Colorado comes home This Wednesday so I am in “Mom” mode!! Baking and cleaning like crazy!!!! I was surprised to hear Greece celebrates St. Nicholas as well and on the same day!!

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      4. “Mom mode” ?!… hahahahahahahaha… wonderful dear ! “Duty” calls !!!

        I wish you all to enjoy, dear Mom !

        And yes, Lori, Saint Nicholas day is a special day for the public and private sector – especially the shipping sector- and an official holiday, per se or so to speak. The army -especially the navy- and police celebrate Saint Nicholas and they honor him with different kind of ceremonies.
        When you take a look on a greek calendar, you’ll see written not only the day of the year but the name of a Saint next to the day. Enjoy !

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