I hope 2017 will be a better year than the ones before for everyone!
Let's all be hopeful although again it started with a terrorist attack in Turkey. But let's be hopeful!
December passed so fast I think it went away in a blink of my eyes!
Here's what we did during the month.
School is always hectic in December.We finished the term and gave reports to parents. We also organised school festivities and on my part I taught my pupils how to sing Christmas songs in English and presented some of them during the festivities. There was a Parents' Association school bazaar too and I gave away some of my handmade things for them to sell.
December started with a beautiful sunset.
Art Thessaloniki, an international contemporary art fair that took place in the city organised by HELEXPO and our friend Pandelis Tsatsis of Artforum Gallery. Pandelis and his wife Eva Apostolidou and I live in the same block of flats and have known each other for years so we were invited to the fair. It was very nice to be there.
We saw some lovely paintings.Under each photo you can see the name of the artist.
I loved this one by Manolya Celikler from Turkey. It was a stitched photo something we had done some years ago with Etsy Greek Street Team at a workshop I had presented.
During December I took part in a photo book challenge #bookxmas suggested by So little sleeping and so much reading. I will add only the first photo here and you will see all the photos in a future
blogpost.Amalia Theatre. We were full house both days! People loved the play and we enjoyed it so much too!
Stray Dogs bazaar. We adopted Barca from them and we always go to their bazaar to support them.Always taking Barca with us of course as they love to see her every time!
Damianos Konstandinidis. And one of the actresses is a former pupil of mine Stella Papadopoulou. It was very good and we really enjoyed it.
Here with Stella Papadopoulou and Damianos Konstandinidis.
With the school we went to an outing at the Secret Worlds of Eugenios Trivizas.Evgenios Trivizas is an author of many famous children's books. The interactive exhibition was nice and the children loved it.
Koumbi coffee and crafts cafe were we exchanged craft materials.
Here's what I got for the things I gave.
Here's the parcel I received in the exchange of the Secret crafter organised by Anna of In my closet.
And here's what I had sent.I will blog about it in detail in a future blogpost.
I also sent my parcel for the So little sleeping and so much reading exchange.
I will blog about this separately too.One more bazaar I went to was the Upnloud flea market at Lab'attoir. I loved it. There were lots of beautiful things to see, handcrafted and vintage.My friends Lia of Me and Mama Creations and Angeliki of Poco Loco were there with beautiful things.
Of course in December I decorated the Christmas tree. Two years ago I gave away my old gorgeous huge Christmas tree to my school as it was too big for our living-room. So we didn't decorate a tree last year. But this year I really wanted one so I decorated a small real one and I really loved it!
I mainly decorated it with hand crafted items made by me or by friends.
Underneath the tree I put a ceramic Nativity scene bought the year my son was born.
I also put up a cross stitched framed winter picture.Jeffrey P'an's blown glass bauble.
The city was also decorated in beautiful lights. Here are the lights in front of the Municipality Hall.
One evening we went to Kilkis town, an hour away from Thessaloniki to attend the
Puppet and Mime Festival that annually takes place there.It was a very cold evening.
Athos Danellis, Yiannis Chatzis and Odysseas Kanlis, all Greek Shadow Puppeteers.It was great meeting them all and attending Athos Danellis' performance.
Allazo" association. After the performance they treated us to a lovely meal outside Saint Trinity chapel at Retziki and as the weather was sunny and not too cold we really enjoyed it.
In December a painting I had ordered from Stephania Patrikiou arrived and I really loved it. The Deep will decorate the beach house.
So little sleeping and so much reading were The Man who Wanted to be King by Rudyard Kipling