Greece is a deeply religious country and accordingly Christmas celebrations in Athens are solemn, centered around family and the Greek Orthodox church. Celebrations may be more muted than ever in 2012 following this year of austerity.But festive lights have been switched on throughout the city and the Christmas Parade on December 1 has gone ahead. Syntagma Square is be adorned with decorations made by local school children. Its Christmas tree in previous years has been the largest in Europe, with a Christmas village growing up around it with food stalls and entertainment for kids.
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