“Christmas for children” – festive stamp issue by Hellenic Post

“Christmas for children” – festive stamp issue by Hellenic Post
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StampNews.com got to know that Hellenic Post bid farewell to 2014 and complete the issue programme of the year with the celebration stamp series entitled "Christmas for children", which was put into circulation on the 12th of December.

On Christmas Eve small boys to the beating of drums and the tinkling of triangles usually sing carols. They go from house to house and are given dried figs, almonds, walnuts and lots of sweets or sometimes small gifts.

After 40 days of fasting, the Christmas feast is looked forward to with great anticipation by adults and children alike. Pigs are slaughtered and on almost every table are loaves of christopsomo or "Christ Bread".

Christmas trees are not commonly used in Greece. In almost every home the main symbol of the season is a shallow wooden bowl with a piece of wire is suspended across the rim; from that hangs a sprig of basil wrapped around a wooden cross. A small amount of water is kept in the bowl to keep the basil alive and fresh.

There is a tradition kallikantzeri, where the mischievous goblins appear from the earth during the 12 days of Christmas. In most Greek homes an evergreen tree is decorated with tinsel and a star placed on top. Gifts are exchanged on January 1st, St Basil's Day.

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