Monday, December 22, 2014

Fact of the Day: Santa Basil

Traditionally in Greece, the gift-giver of Christmas is not Santa/Saint Nicolas. It is Saint Basil the Great, and his day wasn't Christmas Eve but January 1st. 

17 comments:

  1. No kidding? I sure didn't know that.

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  2. Fancy that...something else I have learnt.

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  3. Nice picture, interesting aticle greeting from Belgium.
    http://louisette.eklablog.com/

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  4. in my country Xmas is on January 6th

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  5. I didn´t know about this Saint. I would like you make a special mention to the Three Wise men on January 6th, it would be great. Kisses, Adam:)

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  6. I know because i'm Greek Adam!
    Great post!
    Dimi...

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  7. I've read that before. It's still interesting.
    "Santa Basil, hurry down the chimney tonight." (smile).

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  8. Still better than getting a visit from Krampus?

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  9. Yes, very true. I have a lot of family in Greece.

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  10. Interesting, is he still celebrated? Thanks for stopping by my blog Adam :)

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

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  11. Great tidbit of information! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  12. Makes sense. Saint Nicholas was from Bara, in modern day Turkey. Greeks and Turks have never gotten along.

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  13. Saint Nicholas was not Turkish. Both Saint Nicholas and Saint Basil were Greeks.

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