Christmas is the annual Christian feast of the birth of Christ.
A very important custom in the Christmas holidays is the exchange of gifts. Especially for children, the Christmas season is the time when they receive a significant number of gifts from their parents and relatives, but also in many countries from Santa Claus.
Important customs in the Christmas festivities are considered to be the Christmas carols, the New Year carols and the carols of Lights that are usually sung by small children.
Main customs in the decoration are the decoration of the Christmas tree, the depiction of the Nativity scene, the Star of Bethlehem, the Christmas boat, the decoration of the Christmas lights and the Christmas calendar. Ιn Greece the first Christmas tree was decorated in the royal palaces when Otto was king.
During the Christmas period in Greece, special foods and sweets are prepared, such as turkey, Christmas bread, royal pie, melomakarona, kourabiedes, etc. that complete the traditional Christmas table.
In the Orthodox Church, Christmas is preceded by a 40-day fast, the Lent of Christmas, which is less strict than Easter.