X-MAS in Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki

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  • Panos and me at the Assos
    Panos and me at the Assos
    by JuliaK
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    Christmas in Saloniki

    by elmina Updated May 21, 2007
    the Christmas ship in Aristotelous Square

    Christmas is a great time to visit Thessaloniki. Although there aren't so magical as in Germany or Austria, you will often see the town full of snow. The town is very beautifully decorated. There is of course a large Christmas Tree, but also a very beautiful ship [Christmas Trees are supposed to be a foreign tradition that came from the West, the Greeks used to decorate ships during the season]. There is also a nativity scene, where all the Thessalonians have been photographed as children. And of course if you are there during Christmas holidays, don't forget to buy a Vasilipota-tsoureki from Terkenlis. There are several shops in Thessaloniki, and one in the airport. Just let your nose guide you!

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    X-MAS in Thessaloniki

    by JuliaK Updated Apr 16, 2003

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    Panos and me at the Assos

    My last visit to Thessaloniki was three days before 2003...
    I was there just for a day, but I obviously I had time to meet with Panos.
    X-mas lights and decorations everywhere!!!
    It was absolutely beautiful as you can see!!!
    or is it just me that I think so? (I had a good reason to smile all day...)

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  • JoeChi4's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    @Elmina

    "Christmas Trees are supposed to be a foreign tradition that came from the West, the Greeks used to decorate ships during the season"

    Greece is part of the West, sweetheart. Xmas trees came from the German-speaking countries, and spread throughout the West from there. They're no more Anglosaxon, Scandinavian, or Iberian, than they are Greek.

    • JoeChi4's Profile Photo
      Dec 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      "the West has quite a diverse interpretation"

      ...a point that in no way invalidates mine, nor validates Elmina's.

      Xmas trees are no more "Western" than baguettes, bullfighting, hot dogs, or Ikea. Like those things, Xmas tress are from a very small, specific part of the "West": the German-speaking countries. And they are just as much a recent foreign import into regional almost-universally considered "Western", such as the Anglo countries, the Iberian countries, or Scandinavian countries, as they are to Greece.

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      Dec 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM

      yeah that's good, I was just winding you on the sweetheart comment, seemed patronising :-)

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