Christmas on Rhodes
Christmas on Rhodes is very different to Christmas we’ve experienced anywhere else in the world. This year I’m going share daily images and a glimpse into what it’s like to be on a Greek island at Christmas. You can follow our Christmas on Facebook, Instagram and here on the blog.
Across Rhodes in the weeks leading up to Christmas, there are Christmas themed fayres and bazaars. Each year there are a few more with 2 or 3 things happening in different locations. Many of the events are to raise money for good causes like animal welfare, the children’s home and village schools. Our own village had a craft bazaar to raise money for the school, those that follow on Facebook saw the video the school children singing very well known Christmas carols in Greek.
A Christmas Party
Today we went to Elpida’s Ranch annual Christmas party. It’s a wonderful day for the whole family and a day with a real international feel to it. People travelled from all over the island to the ranch which you can find in the hills up above Laerma. Throughout the season Elpida and her family are kept busy with tourists who come to ride in a beautiful location.
Located in a beautiful valley surrounded by woodland there is a special atmosphere to the ranch. It’s signposted from Laerma and as we headed off on the rough road, mum was concerned about the state of the road the car. Having visited many times I knew that the car would be fine. A winding road leads down into a valley and across a riverbed to the ranch itself. After heavy rainstorms, the river can be a problem if you’ve only got a small car like our Fiat. Today was cloudy but the rain held off and there was only a little stream to cross.
Elpida and her husband had decorated around the ranch with Santas made from logs, tinsel, stockings, baubles and more. There were a few craft stalls of things made by people living on the island, with festive feta tins, hot chilly paste and homemade dog biscuits. One lady had some wonderful hand knitted woollen socks, I know in January when it does get cold here I’ll wish I had a pair.
While Elpida was busy with the pony and horse with rides for the children, her husband was working with the donkey on a cart. Other members of the extended family were making tea, coffee and mulled wine with homemade cake and biscuits. You could take along your own food to BBQ or as we did buy hotdogs and bratwurst.
There was Christmas music playing and it really did feel like Christmas. We took Apollo with us, he loved running around with the other dogs, being spoilt by everyone with biscuits and hot dogs. He tried making a new friend with the rabbit and really appreciated the dog station with fresh water and dry dog food.
Elpida runs riding lessons all year round. During the summer the ranch is very busy with riding holidays. You can also have a go at archery, swim with the horses and enjoy their wonderful hospitality. To find out more visit their website here.
Have you experienced Christmas in Greece or on Rhodes? Where’s your favourite place in the world to spend Christmas? If you enjoyed this post and found it useful please comment and share. Thank you