Greek Christmas Carol – Silent Night

Silent Night is probably one of the most well-known Christmas carols around the world. It has a long and interesting history dating back to the early 1800s. It has been translated into many languages from the original German, including Greek. This is one of the more popular carols that are sung in Greek at Christmas.

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All About the Kalikantzaroi

Like many other countries, Greece has its own Christmas folktales and traditions that you won’t find anywhere else.  The story of the kalikantzaroi is one of them. BetweenDecember 25 and January 6, Greek folkloresays that evil goblins known as kalikantzaroirise from where they dwell underground. Here’s what you should know about them: 

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Understand the Greek Tradition of Kalanda

In Greece, there arean abundance of Christmas traditions, especially since the majority of the people in Greece practice Christianity. Like other children celebrating all around the world, on Christmas Eve in Greece there is a tradition of children singing Christmas carols. Greek children differentiate themselves from the children of other nationsby going door to door singing Christmas carols (or kalanda in Greek). This tradition goes back thousands of years. Here’s what you should know about the Greek tradition of singing Christmas carols.

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Get to Know Agios Vasilios

In the United States, Santa Claus is a beloved Christmas tradition. In Greece, he looks even different. Although the concepts are similar, “Greek Santa Claus” is also referred to as “Agios Vasilios” or Saint Basil. Agios Vasilios is portrayed as a distinguished looking man who wears a long, clerical robes and a long beard. He brings gifts to children, but not on Christmas Eve. In the Greek tradition children get their gifts on New Year’s Eve. Here’s more information:

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