Saturday, December 29, 2007
Oh Christmas boat, oh Christmas boat...
Remember my coffee table with all the junk on? It's been tidied up and has provided a showcase for our Christmas boat. A Christmas what?! I hear you ask.
A Christmas boat is a Greek alternative to the Christmas tree. Νο one seems to know how it came about, but it's become extremely popular in recent years. These days, it's not unusual for Greeks to decorate a boat, as well as a tree, at home, and many a city centre boast a Christmas boat alongside, or even instead of, a Christmas tree. I imagine foreigners who visit Greece over the Christmas and New Year period must be rather perplexed by all the brightly lit boats displayed next to more "traditional" Christmas decorations, such as Santas, stars and well... trees. Our friends were certainly surprised the first time they saw ours, and our neighbour's toddler was positively mesmerised by it.
They were even more surprised when they found out that the Greek Santa Claus isn't St Nicholas, but St Basil of Caesarea, who brings children their presents on January 1st. So I hope you'll forgive my Santa hat and my continued obsession with Christmas, as it's not over yet for me :-)