2016 Advent Calendar: Day 15

Luke 2:13-14

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

‘Glory to God in the highest;

and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.’”

Day 15: Christmas Around The World – Greece

  • On Christmas Eve, children, especially boys, often go out singing ‘kalanda’ (carols) in the streets. Sometimes they will also carry model boats decorated with nuts which are painted gold. If the children sing well, they might be given money, as well things to eat like nuts and sweets.
  • Christmas Trees are popular in Greece, but an older and more traditional decoration is a shallow wooden bowl with a piece of wire suspended across the rim. A sprig of basil wrapped around a wooden cross hangs from the wire. Some water is kept in the bowl to keep the basil alive and fresh. Once a day someone dips the cross and basil into some holy water and uses it to sprinkle water in each room of the house. This is believed to keep the ‘kallikantzaroi’ Καλλικάντζαρος (bad spirits) away. The kallikantzaroi are meant to appear only during the 12-day period from Christmas to Epiphany (January 6th). They are supposed to come from the middle of the earth and get into people’s house through the chimney! The kallikantzaroi do things like putting out fires and making milk go off. Having a fire burning through the twelve days of Christmas is also meant to keep the kallikantzaroi away.
  • Every December, in Aristotelous Square in the city of Thessaloniki (which is the second biggest city Greece) a huge Christmas Tree and three-masted sailing ship are put up. It’s a popular tourist attraction.

Words in Numbers 2

What word is made by the shaded boxes?

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