Posted in unearthed® blog by Simon Day, November 29, 2011
What with all our travelling and an office full of different accents the unearthed® team is open to whichever Christmas traditions are the tastiest… and the quirkiest.
Given that we’ve launched bigger packs of our popular Greek (Mixed Olives and Feta) and Spanish (Green Olives with Manchego and Chilli) olive mixes, we thought we would tell you a little bit about the Christmas traditions of those great countries. Obviously not everyone abides by them these days, but you’ll get a flavour of the thing.
In Greece it’s traditional to decorate a model ship rather than a tree and the Karavaki (little ship) is sometimes carried by carol singers on Christmas Eve. Christmas cards are generally reserved for those who live far away with local friends and neighbours being greeted personally instead. The traditional day for children to receive their presents is actually St. Basil’s Day – January 1st. Our favourite legend is that of the Kallikantzari (a type of elf/pixie) who plays tricks on housewives, puts out the fire and will urinate on Christmas food during the 12 days of Christmas unless it is carefully covered!
Meanwhile, in Spain, festive celebrations stretch from December 22nd when the national El Gordo (‘the fat one’) lottery draw takes place, to January 6th, when presents are unwrapped. Christmas Eve is the big night, with a late dinner just before or after Midnight Mass.
Do let us know your favourite Christmas traditions from anywhere in the world in the comments section of this post and – wherever you are spending it – have a Happy Christmas!