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  • A very old custom which remains today practically unchanged is the Greek Christmas carols, which is called calanda in Greek. Children, in groups of two or more, still make the rounds of houses singing carols, usually accompanied by metallic triangles.

The children go from house to house, knock on doors and ask: "shall we say them?" If the homeowner's answer is yes, the children sing the Christmas carols for several minutes before finishing up with the wish, "And for the next year, many happy returns." Years ago the homeowners offered to children holiday sweets and pastries, but today they usually give them some money.

 

Good day lords

if itís your biddings

of the Christís divine birth

I will tell in your manse

Christ is being born today

in the town of Bethlehem

the heavenís rejoice

And all creation delights

in the cave he is born

within the horse stable

the king of the heavens

And Maker of all . . .

 

 

 

 

KALIKANTZAROI

 

by Despina

 

  • Kalikantzaroi, or the Greek Christmas Sprites, are small blackish and hairy creatures, with long arms and tails, who live in the bowels of the earth.

With a big knife, they try to cut down the huge wooden stake which holds the earth in place. But the column is very thick and the cutting seems to go on forever.

Right before Christmas, however, Kalikantzaroi almost complete their mission and the column seems ready to fall. Being happy by their almost successful effort, but also fearful that the earth will turn over on their heads, they rush to the top to annoy people.

 

 

 


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