Five Photos from Christmas in Greece in 2015 That Will Give You a Different Perspective of the Holiday


For millions of fortunate people around the world, Christmas was a time of joy, gifts, family and celebration. These five photos from Greece give a different perspective of how some people spent their Christmas.

athens-homelessHomeless and in the spirit

Greece is experiencing an increase in homelessness since plunging into its deep recession more than five years ago. Here, a homeless person has taken up residence in what appears to be an abandoned storefront— Christmas tree and all.

geyma1To Dance is to Live

A lone dancer emerges from a crowd of more than 700 elderly people who were afforded a free holiday meal, hosted by the City of Athens and paid for by Chicago’s Bousis Family. The annual event, organized to give a meal to the city’s most vulnerable people, is held in a gymnasium and includes food, beverage and music.

komotini-treeA Tree of Life

Students at an elementary school in Komotini, in northeastern Greece, erected a Christmas tree with food and donations they were asked to bring from home for the children from the area SOS Children’s Village.

Athens News Agency photo by Stratis Balaskas

A Tree of Life Vests

Volunteers working beaches of Lesvos on Christmas Day, waiting for arriving dinghies of refugees from neighboring Turkey got creative with left over life vests that are discarded and left on beaches as refugees arrive.


sarandon-motherNo Room at the Inn

Susan Sarandon spent Christmas Eve with a young Syrian mother and her 5-day old infant. In a blog post on The Huffington Post, she asked “Wasn’t Mary just a kid too when she and Joseph took to the road? So far, there is no manger for this Syrian baby, no room at the inn.”


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