Program 427a: More European Christmas Traditions
Release Date: 12-23-2017
Learn about holiday traditions observed in France, Norway, Greece, London, the Spanish Basque Country, and small-town Italy. From festively decorated Greek boats to dishes of fresh oysters and fermented trout, and Santas who live not on the North Pole but on a farm or in the woods, Christmas is a little different across the pond.
- Tom Hooper and Gillian Chadwick, tour guides from London
- Cecilia Bottai, vintner and tour guide from Orvieto, Italy
- Patrick Vidal, tour guide from Brittany, France
- Virginie Moré, tour guide from Lyon, France
- Pål Bjarne Johansen, tour guide from Oslo, Norway
- Anastasia Gaitanou, tour guide from Thessaloniki, Greece
- Danae Kousouri, tour guide from Athens
- Agustín Ciriza, tour guide from San Sebastian, Spain
- An online guide to Christmas markets in France.
- The Fȇte de Lumières lights festival in Lyon was held Dec 7-10 this year, while fresco lighting of the Grand Hôtel-Dieu will continue through December 29th.
- Saint Vasilios, also known as Basil the Great, was a contemporary of Saint Nicholas, and brings gifts to the children in Greece on January 1.
- The Olentzero is a Christmastime character that brings toys to the children of the Basque Country in Spain.