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The decoration of the Christmas tree has its roots in antiquity. The ancient Greeks decorated olive or laurel branches with red and white woolen ribbons and hanged various sweets in order to thank the gods for the year’s good crop and seek a favourable one for the next year.

Nowadays, in most Greek households the decoration of the fir Christmas tree is commonplace. A custom which was initiated by Greece’s first king, Othonas and which children await with great anticipation every year. Below, the painting by Spiros Vikatos titled "Christmas Tree", hosted in the National Gallery of Athens.

Greece is a country with a glorious naval history and cherishing a great relation to the sea since forever, therefore, the habit of decorating boats instead of trees - especially on the Greek islands - is very common. Central squares of cities and villages near the sea, are usually decorated with the Christmas boat, such as the co-capital of Greece, the city of Thessaloniki which always decorates a massive Christmas boat in central Aristotelous square.



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