As in every Christmas, Athens has done its best. There is the Christmas tree in Syntagma Square, lamps everywhere and music in the streets. Today’s images, however, are not reminiscent of the earlier times.
Then, in the 1950s, when the decorations were quite limited and people were taking pleasure with very simple things. The familiar image of the traffic warden with the gifts in his canopy or the arrival of Santa Claus by car on the main streets in Athens. They were honoured by the shops that sold melomacarona and curampiedes (traditional greek Christmas sweets). Not only were the storefronts filled with goods, but entire stalls were set up outside the “famous pastry shops”.
People used to go out to the markets to do their shopping on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Shopping had to do mainly with things about the festive table and not clothes, cosmetics or other such items. The meat was the first thing to be had. It was a kind of luxury. At that time many ate meat once a month, others even more rarely. So the meat market was the hallmark of a festive table.