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:

Kay said...

No kidding? I sure didn't know that.

Margaret D said...

Fancy that...something else I have learnt.

Bob Bushell said...

Good for the Greeks.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

A bit different

Unknown said...

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

DEZMOND said...

in my country Xmas is on January 6th

Pilar Domínguez said...

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:)

Pat Hatt said...

Well at least it isn't Zeus

DIMI said...

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

Dixie@dcrelief said...

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

A Beer for the Shower said...

Still better than getting a visit from Krampus?

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

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

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What does he give? Herbs and spices?

Elisabeth said...

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

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

CraveCute said...

Great tidbit of information! Have a very Merry Christmas!

stephen Hayes said...

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

Unknown said...

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