Friday, 6 December 2013

The Bells ring out for ...

Saint Nikolaos ...

Xronia Polla to all the Nikos, Nikolaos, Nikolina, Nikoleta, Nikos, Nicholas, Nicolas, Nick's out there, on their name day. Its a beautiful crisp morning here on Skiathos. Clear blue skies. the sun has his hat on, and its probably a 'Santa Claus' one at that ...

Here the church bells have been ringing all morning, around town as the Nikos 'et all' head off to church up by the clock tower.

Whats it all about ? Well according to 'Betsy Barnard in the Skiathos Calender' it goes like this ...

Born at the start of the 4th Century, Saint Nikolaos was the protector of sailors. He also gave dowries to three girls who otherwise would not have married. - This giving of presents came to be associated with Christmas in the west, and his name was Americanised as 'Santa Claus' ...

My friends over on Skopelos News, have a slightly different version here ...

Here the children, when they arrived at school, found a Christmas tree in the foyer. It had sprung up overnight. The children were all invited to dress the tree with baubles, and a glittering star on the top of the tree. It was a delight to see such fun, on young faces ...

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