Duck Santa

Still waiting for Santa?… I hear you ask, with a bit of eye-rolling in the background.
Well, yes you do, if you’re a Greek kid. For in my country of birth, Santa – or Saint Basil (Agios Vassilios – ‘Αγιος Βασίλειος) to be precise – comes all the way from Caesarea in Asia Minor to bring gifts to the children on December 31st. That’s because the Greek Orthodox Church honours the memory of the kind Saint who was always on the side of the needy aiding the poor,  on January 1st. And every Greek family serves vasilopita, a round brioche-like cake with a coin inside. The cake is then swirled around before cutting it in equal pieces for everyone present, not forgetting those living in the family’s memories, the church and, of course, Saint Basil.

Tradition has it that who finds the coin is blessed with good luck the whole year round.

You see my friends, all good things to those who wait…

Quack Quack Quack! Ho Ho Ho!
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December 31st, 2016

Pink Xmas

The ”Land of 1000 Delights” is made of candy and lollipops and the brightest colours and the Nutcracker and a light show and music and it will bring you joy and fill your heart with warmth and Christmas – but only if you walk by on a weeknight, preferably a very cold one. That sugar puff dream will turn bitter on a Saturday evening when thousands more will follow the very same destructive idea and join you to form a massive human wall. So, stay out of trouble, be constructive and avoid the masses: go on a weeknight instead. Light show goes on every 10 minutes, 5.00pm to 11.00pm until January 2nd.

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5th Avenue
December 8th, 2016