I first became vaguely aware of this tradition at midnight last night, as I was trolling the web for fun cultural practices I could appropriate. I remember thinking at the time, "Huh, I wonder if they actually do that?"
They do. It started around 7:30am.
Based on my keen observations (by keen, I mean I was abruptly awakened by triangles), it's a lot like trick or treating. The kids walk around the streets wearing Christmas sweaters, Christmas leggings, Santa hats, and reindeer antlers, carrying little triangles in their hands. The younger ones are accompanied by their parents, and seem to be really, really excited. Like trick-or-treating, however, the dominant players in this game are the middle school and high school kids. When I finally opened my door to some carolers, it was two fifteen-ish year old boys in Santa hats. They were super embarrassed. I loved it. Their song was entirely in Greek and unrecognizable to me, but I'm assuming it was some festive Christmasy thing. I guess it could have been something raunchy, but how should I know? I gave them 2 euros, to absolve myself from any guilt of not opening the door anymore, and they went on their way.
Upon further research, this is potentially the first of 3 official caroling days in Greece. The next one is New Year's Eve day, and the last one is Epiphany, on the 6th of January. I'll let you know if the other two caroling days pan out/if I buy a triangle and promote some American carols.
Speaking of American Christmas songs, here are a few of my favorites:
White Christmas (from the movie of the same name, by far the best version)
|Fun Fact: I knew I was pregnant really early on because of this song.|
I was watching the movie in August, and this happened.
I documented it, because I think it might be the ugliest cry face of all time.
Silver Bells (from The Lemon Drop Kid, note the blatant racism)
O Holy Night (from the mop-topped, musically endowed muppet, Josh Groban)
For Unto Us a Child is Born (by far the best use of this excessively white choir)
Joy to the World (RIP, Whitney. Seriously, what a talent)
There are many, many more, but Bella and I have to keep a low noise profile, because we're hiding from carolers. Happy Christmas Eve!