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!
December 31st, 2016
Whether you walk on a tightrope or safer roads, follow the Moth Fairy; she will show you the path to where your heart lies. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
December 3rd, 2016
Happy Holidays everyone! Stay cool and enjoy!
And for those in hibernation escaping Xmas Blues: don’t worry, it’ll soon be over; it will go away before you know it and then you’ll be counting the days until the next.
Merry Blue Greetings from New York!
December 24, 2016
The City is in a festive mood, all set for Christmas.
The show will go on until January 2nd.
In the interval, let us simply enjoy life.
Here it is, going by.
December 8th, 2016
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.
December 8th, 2016