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Christmas Bazaar in Gargalianoi

SAMSUNG CSCChristmas has become a bigger craft holiday then ever before as the recycling trend became something usual and the idea sharing sights such as Pinterest have a huge following. I have really recaptured the joy of family holidays next to my children and as their births coincided with the very moment when crafts have taken such a prominent role in everyday life I have a great alibi to join in “crafting” without scruples.

Around this time for the past seven years the 1st Preschool of Gargalianoi organizes a Christmas Bazaar. Mothers of the preschool kids (and a handful of fathers) prepare Christmas decorations which are sold and the money raised goes to cover the needs of the school. This year the bazaar took place in the Library building at the main square of the town.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCThere were many “Christmas creations” at the bazaar surprisingly so as most of the parents are very busy and very tired from the olive harvest. My favorite was a playful version of “the eye” (or so called the “evil eye” which is a “luck charm” believed to “reflect evil”… and thereby protects a person or an object against misfortune. The evil eye is a shield that guards against various forms of bad luck that is willed onto you or an object by others-this belief is widespread in the Mediterranean region and its origins are rooted in the Ancient Greece). This ornament has been made by our craftiest Marina (check out her olive grove retreat called Agrikies)SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

SAMSUNG CSCAbout the cover photo:The poster has been designed by my husband Lavrentis Horaitis and the cut out dolls are by Maria Dubrovskaya….


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