Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas has arrived ...

Yes it seems that way ...

Feeling a bit 'Jingle bells all the way' after a weekend of Christmas parties. Saturday was the first of the childrens school parties. We joined around 200 people young, and not so young for a party at the middle school.

Photo - Eleni Zlatoudi
Its a lot of fun, not much to do with Christmas, but a good way to meet up, have coffee, some lovely cake and the children have a great time. Mainly eating lots of sweet things and burning off a lot of energy.

In the middle is pass the parcel ...
Scary Santa gets stuck into the hanging sweets ...
Sweets for everyone ...
There were gifts for the children, as well as fun and games. Outside there was the Popcorn, and as at most events a really good Souvelaki stall, that made you feel quite hungry - Enough going on, even to keep the adults busy too ...

Sunday saw the annual Christmas Bazaar. Its a great event and gets everyone together, not just the children. Its organised by the International Womens club, and what a great day it is too.

The ladies run a childrens games room, in addition there is face painting, they make balloon animals and a lucky dip. 

Light sabre anyone ...
Take the bones out of that ...
Junior won two prizes in the lucky dip. A new toy ball, which is currently on its way to join its two summer friends over in Evia, after bouncing into the harbour. A Santa Claus fridge magnet, that Ho Ho Ho'ed itself off the fridge and smashed to pieces on the kitchen floor ...

At least the numerous bags of sweets, from the games room activities disapeared in the right direction, and for all the right reasons.

For the adults the classrooms are handed over to craft activities, charity stalls and the children themselves running stalls to raise money for school activities. One event they are trying to raise funds for is a school trip to Athens. Not an easy task as the schools are strapped for cash, and a severe lack of teachers.

Impressive hand made gifts ...
Tree decorations ...
Cakes for sale ...
Yes more Souvelakia ...
It was great to meet up with friends, enjoy a chat and a glass or two of mulled wine. It always amazes me how many of the locals know me. One of the old ladies giving me a hug and a cuddle. That's what its like here in the village ...

Its a friendly day and I always thoroughly enjoy it, I have been now five years on the trot, as well as on other winter visits. I would not miss it - after all - Its part of Christmas 'living on a small island in the Aegean' ...

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2 comments:

  1. Thousands know you Ian !!!!!!!! you make us dream of coming back to Skiathos with your updates.

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  2. The island foreign correspondent ...

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