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Greece is a stunning country with a rich history, beautiful landscapes, and a vibrant culture. Whether you're into history, relaxation, adventure, or simply enjoying delicious Mediterranean cuisine, Greece has something to offer everyone.

The Christmas season in Greece spans twelve days, beginning on December 25th, Christmas, and ending on January 6th, Epiphany. One Greek Christmas tradition is the singing of kalandas or kalantas, Christmas carols. Children go door-to-door singing their songs and playing their instruments, which include triangles, drums, lyres, and guitars. If they sing well, they’re rewarded with change and small snacks like nuts, candy, pastries, dried fruit, and other sweets.

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1800 - Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire

1895 - Greece
Greece, a kingdom of Southern Europe, situated between lat. 36° 10' and 39° 50' N. and lon. 19° 30' and 26° 30' E. (including the islands), bounded N. by European Turkey, W. by European Turkey (on the line of the Arta) and the Ionian Sea, S. by the Mediterranean, and E. by the AEgean Sea. It is composed of a continental portion, which comprises Hellas on the N., and the peninsula of the Morca (anc. Peloponnesus) on the S. (the two parts being almost separated by the Gulfs of Patras and Lepanto on the W. and the Gulf of AEgina on the E.), and of an insular portion consisting of the islands in the Ægean Sea, and the Ionian Islands. The territory of Greece is nearly all mountainous; the culminating point of the whole is Mount Guiona, in Doris, lat. 38°38' N., lon. 22° 15' E., 8240 feet above the sea...
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1900 - Population of Greece - 4,962,000

1913 - Kalikantzarol
In Greece the kalikantzarol are generally represented as mere tricky sprites who live, as a rule, underground, appearing to men only on the nights of the year between December 25 and January 6. They pass the days during this period in dark caverns, where they subsist on serpents and lizards, and come forth to dance in the moonlight, either alone or in company with the nereids, and also with mortal women, if they can lure any to join them.
The Stanstead Journal
Rock Island, Quebec, Canada
December 25, 1913
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Greece:
1. Athens:

Acropolis: Explore the iconic Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the Parthenon, a symbol of ancient Greece.

Plaka: Stroll through the charming neighborhood of Plaka with its narrow streets, traditional Greek tavernas, and souvenir shops.

National Archaeological Museum: Discover a vast collection of Greek antiquities, including sculptures, pottery, and jewelry.

Syntagma Square: Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Hellenic Parliament and take a leisurely walk in the National Gardens.

2. Santorini:

Oia: Experience the breathtaking sunset in Oia, known for its white-washed buildings and blue-domed churches.

Fira: Explore the capital of Santorini, with its bustling streets, shops, and restaurants, all perched on the edge of a caldera.

Volcano Hike: Take a boat trip to the volcanic islands and hike to the rim of the active volcano for panoramic views.

Wine Tasting: Visit local wineries and sample the unique wines produced on... Read MORE...

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