Early in the morning of New Year’s Eve the kids (sometimes older people too) go out to say the day’s carols. Kids are given money or sweets but older people accept drinks too. The following video has a few pictures of sweets made in Greece for the season.
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The singing of Christmas carols is a custom which is preserved in its entirety to this day.
Children still go from house to house in twos or more singing the carols, while accompanied by the sounds of the triangle, even guitars, accordions, lyres or harmonicas.
A very old custom which remains today practically unchanged is the Greek Christmas carols, which is called calanda in Greek. Children, in groups of two or more, still make the rounds of houses singing carols, usually accompanied by the triangle or guitars, accordions or harmonicas.
The children go from house to house, knock on doors and ask: “shall we say them?” If the homeowner’s answer is yes, the kids sing the Christmas carols for several minutes before finishing up with the wish, “And for the next year, many happy returns.” Years ago the homeowners offered the children holiday sweets and pastries, but today they usually give them some money.
You can read more details about the Christmas traditions at the relevant page.
There are special spirits for Christmas holidays in Greece, called Kalikantzaroi, you can read more about them at the relevant page.
Last but not least, the video has painting of the Cretan painter El Greco read all about him at this Wiki page.