In some parts of Messinia it is customary one week before Christmas to lay in the fireplace a slow burning log, the Christoxylo (Christ's wood), which will hopefully last until the family sits around the table for Christmas dinner.
Moreover, special dishes and sweets, such as mellomakarona and kourabiedes, are prepared for Christmas, making it one of the most festive times of the year.
The Christmas Boat
In many parts of Greece the quintessential symbol of Christmas has long been a brightly decorated boat. The Christmas boat symbolizes not only the gifts that families hope the New Year will bring, but also the proud history of a powerful maritime nation.