Christmas in Vienna III & more …

My favoritt Christmas CD;


Made in Vienna 22nd of December 1994
The Alte Winterreitschule in Messepalast
with our Norwegian golden voice Sissel Kyrkjebø
and those 2 very famous international stars!
I just love it!
That is Christmas to me!


We have had some fantastic days, but last 24 hours we have had a thunderstorm and more than 55 mm of rain!

What is Greek Christmas music?

The most famous caroll is
Καλην Εσπεραν Αρχοντες
– I think!

I found this on YouTube

Nice to see some of the Greek Christmas traditions.
BUT Greeks celebrates more “Proto Xronia” (1st of the year) than Christmas.

I have seen during the years that Christmas is coming more and more into the Greek life. My 1st Christmas here was nearly NOTTHING,
except from what I made at home!
And Christmasdays lunch at the old home of Kostas & Voula, Ploimisti Shop. The big tray of pork Kostas had to get from Mitsis bakery. People who did not have an oven at home, could make their food at the bakers after the breads was ready.

One of my Greek Christmas traditions is:


The Christmas tree mostly on islands, where a boat,
and that is getting back more and more.

In Thessaloniki it is a boat;

“Do you prefer a Christmas tree or a Christmas boat?

The decoration of the Christmas tree is not a Greek habit. It is said that the first Christmas tree in Greece was introduced and decorated by the Bavarian king Otto in 1833. In Greece, according to the tradition, we decorate a boat, mainly on the islands. The boat symbolizes the maritime identity of the country. Greeks, a seafaring nation, of course, combined the celebration of Christmas with the sea. The decoration of the ship was also a kind of honor and welcome to the sailors returning home to celebrate Christmas with their families.

Children used to make their own boat, using wood and paper and then decorate them with colorful fabrics, cotton and twigs. On Christmas Eve, children are singing carols from house to house, having with them the handmade boats and filling them with the treats they received.

Unfortunately, this custom of decorating a boat disappeared over the years and the Christmas tree replaced it. However, in the last decade, we see that the boat becomes very popular again as Christmas decoration, on the islands as well as in Athens and all over Greece.”  This is from

Last Sunday we had a Christmas bazar here, lots of people and loud music, here is the day after:


Last days photos;


Now Wednesday at 10.30 it is 13,6 C outside, dark clouds and I hear som “buldering” from the thunder fare away. I guess rain to come again.

I better post this and close the internet,
thunder is indeed coming!



4 thoughts on “Christmas in Vienna III & more …”

  1. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto
    a colleague who has been conducting a little research on this.

    And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I found it
    for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this
    subject here on your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

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