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December 13, 2007

Ho Ho Ho

With Christmas on its way I couldn't miss the opportunity of having some themed lemon tree entries. Some of you will already know what a complete sucker I am for Christmas, and in light of that, I thought I'd read up on Christmas customs and traditions in Greece. I don't pretend to be an expert on it, so if any of you find inaccuracies in the facts please leave a comment and straighten me out!

And, as much of Christmas is about the eating and the drinking, I thought I'd share some tried-and tested, not-so-Greek, festive recipes.

Starting the Christmas facts off with a shocking discovery...
Apparently, in a remarkably festive display, very few presents are given to each other here in Greece. Instead, small gifts are donated to hospitals and orphanages for those who truly need them. These gifts are exchanged, not on Christmas Day, but on 1 January - St Basil Day.

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Claire - you might find this interesting: http://www.sfakia-crete.com/sfakia-crete/christmas.html

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