CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR'S GIFTS
You cannot really celebrate Christmas without giving to your beloved ones gifts and cards, smaller or bigger presents aiming just to put a smile on their faces. The festive mood of the twelve days of the holiday season may have taken over the original religious feeling but the ancient traditions of exchanging gifts survives to date with children anxiously looking forward to St. Basil’s (Santa Claus) arrival after the New Year’s Eve clock has struck midnight.
One traditional and well loved gift is the rodi or pomegranate!
A pretty and handy decorative Christmas present to give to your loved ones, the pomegranate holds strong symbolic meaning for the Greeks from the ancient times to today. It is traditional in Greece to break a pomegranate on the ground at weddings and on New Years, and small decorative figurines are a symbol of good luck, abundance and fertility.