World Book’s Christmas in Greece is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Greece. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Greek holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.
Greek Traditions Come Alive at Christmas
The week before Christmas in Greece are a time of anticipation and intense preparation. In other countries, the approach of Christmas finds people busy buying presents, decorating, and gathering for Christmas parties. In Greece, people are devoted to preparing their hearts to receive the newborn Christ.
Christmas in Greece begins with the ways that people prepare for the holiday in their homes and in their cities. The book introduces the beloved figure of St. Nicholas, depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and explains the strict fast that families keep as part of the traditional Greek celebration of Christmas. From kálanda bands singing carols to children decorating boats in honor of St. Basil, the baking of traditional Christmas breads, and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Greece captures the spirit of the holiday in this southern European nation. Also included are details about other Greek holidays that are celebrated at this time—New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, the feast of St. John the Baptist, and the “day of the bears.” You can also find Christmas craft ideas, carols, and traditional Greek recipes in this book!
Christmas in Greece is a part of World Book’s Christmas Traditions Around the World series. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.