The Charakopio ChristmasTree lights were officially turned on at the Village Fair on Wednesday 15th December, organised by the Charakopio Cultural Group. Originally scheduled for the previous Saturday but rained off, we were lucky to hold it on the Wednesday – squeezing it in between several days of on-and-off showers.
Our Greek Dancing group had been rehearsing four traditional Greek Christmas songs for several weeks for the occasion. Yes, we are a dance group, and not a choir, but we just about managed ok, helped out a lot by the little kids singing with us. It was a bit of a challenge for me as I’m certainly not a singer, and of course the songs were in Greek….but luckily our esteemed dance teacher Yeorgos had printed them all out in fairly large Greek print, so I was ok, as long as I could read the song sheets!
The Charakopio primary school kids had made a lot oflovely Christmas ornaments which all sold in record time – raising several hundred euros for the school. I joined a few other stallholders, selling their wares in the plateia beside the church. Stalls included handmade pottery, jewellery, knit and crochet items. People were also able to support the Syllogos by becoming a member (from €10 per year) and by purchasing their calendars.
I took along a selection of smaller items from the shop, as well as these colourful lanterns which I had made especially for the occasion.
I’ve had a few people ask me how I made these lanterns. I could make a tutorial on the process when I get back into the studio in January, so if you are interested in the process and would like to see a tutorial, please let me know…