Friday, February 14, 2014

Christmas Morning in Portaria

Christmas morning began, like almost all parishes in Greece, with Orthros and Liturgy from 5:00-8:00 AM. After the Liturgy, the kids were ready to open presents!

Of course, in Greece, Christmas hasn't become (yet) the commercial holiday it is in the US. Traditionally, presents are exchanged on St. Basil's Day (Jan. 1), but nowhere near the scale as in the US. But things are changing, and many of the western Christmas/winter holiday customs are coming to Greece. We celebrated a more "American" Christmas with moderate gifts for the kids.

Among their favorites were knight costumes for the boys, and a handmade Snow White outfit for Phoebe, from yiayia.

Here they are in their new outfits in front of the fire.

Damiani mostly watched and chewed on ribbons.

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