SEASON GREETINGS from our Archaeologous staff to you and your family. It was a pleasure getting to show so many many around Greece and Turkey this year.
As you may know, the legend of ole St. Nick, presents in the stockings, the tradition of carrying a bag and pockets full of candies, fruits and little toys originated from a real man in Turkey. Go to http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/ to read about some of the history, and miracles attributed to St. Nicholas.
XRONIA POLLA!!! in Greek it is the saying that is appropriate now during the holidays and it means, many years are wished for you. The time to exchange presents in Greece is traditionally December 31st. As the western influence slowly creeps into Greece, more and more however, you will see decorated trees with gifts for a longer period of time. One tradition that I love is the singing from house to house, picking up new people at each stop. This had been known, on some of the Greek islands, to last for 17 hours. the songs are
mostly about the good health and fortune that is wished upon the occupants being honored with the visit by the musicians and singers. Of course, there is a table loaded with great foods and desserts.
We firmly believe here at archaeologous.com that travel and becoming knowledgeable and aware of new cultures can create a harmony amongst the people of the world. We’d love to help you when you travel to the magnificent Mediterranean in 2014.