>> Friday, December 5, 2014 – Christmas on Symi, Greek Christmas, Life on Symi in December, weather in December
|A most unusual sight - Pachos' historic kafeneion is closed. It is in the process of being redecorated along with the rest of the building so it is closed for business at the moment.|
|The municipal Christmas decorations are going up around the harbour. Dainty trees and ropes of lights around the iconic anchors.|
|Waiting for the Blue Star Diagoras to come in on a damp grey December morning.|
|One of the old ships' anchors that used to be at the clock tower, decorated with light ropes for Christmas.|
|The newsagents, putting on a festive show. In the summer this is where one goes for foreign press. In the winter they only stock Greek newspapers and magazines.|
|The organic and traditional food shop in the back lanes is one of the few to actually have shop windows in which to display decorations and they have made the most of the opportunity.|
|The Stani cake shop next to our office is also prettily decorated. This shop has wonderful high ceilings and very elegant proportions.|
|Meanwhile in the Pedi valley, Nature is putting up her own decorations, painting the terraces bright green with succulent new grass. The lambing season has started and it looks as though the grazing will be good this winter.|
|The lemon trees are starting to flower. The scent is wonderful. The trees themselves have not really recovered from the long summer drought so the leaves are a bit tatty.|
|Small surprises hide in the new grass - some monkshoods on an embankment in Lieni.|
As you can see from the photographs, Christmas decorations are starting to go up around the harbour. The effect is very much one of Christmas in Toytown and very pretty, with all the charm of the miniature. Up in the residential areas like Chorio there are some wilder flights of fancy. As the houses are small some householders go in for fancy lights around their rooftops and on the balconies as there isn't space to put up a tree indoors. I will try to take some photographs of any that catch my eye and post them for you.
Have a good weekend - and remember, there are still places like Symi where Christmas starts in December instead of September and is not a commercial frenzy so there is hope for humanity yet!