The custom of exchanging gifts has deep roots in Greek tradition. In addition to the Bible story of the Magi bringing gifts to the newborn Christ, the legends of two Greek Christian Saints have been passed down over many centuries.
An impressive and surprising Christmas Greek tradition is the «karavaki» (boat) decoration! Although Greeks do decorate Christmas trees, a German custom brought in Greece by King Otto, it isn’t nearly as common a practice as decorating boats.
According to the folk Christmas traditions, the kallikantzari are short, ungly creatures with many deformities staying underground, sawing the world tree so that it will collapse, along with the Earth!