Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas recipe from Greece

• 1 cup margarine
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
• 1/2 cup peppermint candy canes, crushed
• 1/2 cup white sugar for decoration

1. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, white sugar and confectioners' sugar. Beat in the egg, vanilla and peppermint extracts. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Cover or wrap dough and chill for at least one hour.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Divide dough into halves. Color one half red by mixing in the food color. Roll a small amount of each dough into a 2 inch long worm. Roll them together in a twisted rope and curve the end like a cane. Place onto prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. In a small bowl, mix together the crushed candy cane and remaining white sugar. Roll hot cookies in the sugar mixture.

recipe from Anastasia Mamalikidou

Saturday, December 26, 2009

By Mikaella from Cyprus

Traditional Recipe for Christmas:
Ingredients: 450g flour
· 1 teaspoon vanilla
· 1 tablespoon ouzo
· 450g unsalted butter
· 2 egg yolks
· 175g sugar
· 2 teaspoons cinnamon
· 1 teaspoon baking powder
· 1/2 cup ground almonds or walnuts
· icing sugar
1. Sift flour with baking powder twice.
2. Cream butter and sugar add ouzo, vanilla egg yolks, nuts, and cinnamon.
3. Blend in flour to make soft but firm dough.
4. Break off small pieces, pat into biscuit shape, place on floured baking tray. Insert a clove in
each biscuit and bake at 180 degrees calcium for 20 mins.
5. While still hot, sprinkle biscuits with icing sugar.
6. Each shortbread should be stuck with one clove to represent the three wise men who brought
spices to the Christ child.

Acrostic Poem by Mikaella from Cyprus

Acrostic Poem:


Christmas Cake
Santa Claus

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from Italy!


From Roberta

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Students from Scoala Speciala Caransebes wish all the parteners a Christmas full of peace and a happy new year

Christmas cards for you dear parteners .

Friday was last day for us in this year and for this reason we celebrate the birth of Son of Good and we sing carols in our school in our eTwinning project .

Our bishop Lucian Mic from Caransebes Diocese was Santa Claus for students from Special School Caransebes and he came with a group of priests from Caransebes and they sing also beautiful carols .

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Crossword by Sevasti

Candy cane
Ice skating

The Momogeroi

In the villages of Platanias and Sitagroi Dramas prefecture found the custom of Momogeron, which comes from the Pontian refugees. The name of the custom comes from the words or mimic Momus and old and is linked to mimic the movements of the protagonists. Those wearing a pelt of animals - wolves, goats or other - or dressed in uniforms of people armed with swords, in the form of elderly persons. 

The Momogeroi, appear throughout the course of twelve days of Christmas and the expectation of luck for the new year, turned to friends on the streets of villages and sing carols or other efchetikous lyrics: "Authority and carols beginning of time, carols always, always time. When two friends meet, they pseftopolemo each other until one team to win and the other to its allegiance. 

Variations of the same custom, found in villages of Kozani and Kastoria, called Ragoutsaria.

Article by Constantinos Avgitidis

Life of Santa Barbara

The life of states that Santa Barbara was a beautiful girl who lived in the city of Nikomidia in Asia Minor (now Izmit) in Roman Emperor Maximilian. The yam or Diosoros the passionate national "pagan" father, had closed in a tower to protect from the suitors. But secretly converted to Christianity. Her father when he ordered to build this for a bathroom, so you do not have to use public bathrooms, and while the plan provided for the initial 2 bathroom windows, Barbara installed another to honor the Holy Trinity ekmystirefontas the floor father. Then her father, seeing this change, exemanei and ordered to surrender to the Roman governor during the persecutions of Christians. The Prefect admiring the beauty of the first tried to convince, but seeing that she was adamant in its submitted testimony, more to save her from the wrath of her father who wanted to be killed. Eventually, the Prefect ordered the beheading, and appointed to execute the sentence himself the father of which was desire. According to his biographer that Simeon himself the father of the beheaded as "barren patrikais now the father xifei teleiosin accept. But while the finish was his crime, he fell dead, struck by lightning in divine justice. The Juliana of Nicomedia was martyred along with Barbara and also honored as Saint. 

The place and time of the martyrdom of Saint Barbara is not known. So in that other allegedly martyred in Nicomedia (now Izmit) in Bithynia in 210, by others in Heliopolis (modern Baalbek) of Egypt in 360 and by others (Catholic version) in cities of Tuscany.

Article by Vasilis Georgatzis

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mario's christmas

In Badajoz Christmas is a typical tradition, where we have 2 weeks holiday. Many times we go on trips to the snow.
We decorate the city with Christmas lights, also we gives gifts and enjoy them.
On New Year's Eve, nearly all the families meet and enjoy the new year. It is great fun, I hope you too will enjoy the Christmas and enjoy as we do.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rubén's Christmas

The Christmas in Spain is especial. First is the Christmas eve on 24th of December, this night brings us many presents.
At Christmas they put the Christmas’s tree and the Belen’s crib. The 25th of December is Christma’s day.
In 31th of December is New Year eve. At midnight they eat twelve grape to celebrate the New Year.
Several days later, there is a procession of the Three Wise Men when I meet friends.
In the night of 5th to 6th of January the Three Wise Men bring us presents too.
The importance of the Christmas is what we are with the family.

Juan's Christmas

The Christmas in Badajoz

In Badajoz, the Christmas is celebrated in family, with all family. At Christmas, the people give presents on the 24th of December and on the 6th of January. The Christmas Holidays last from the 22th of December until 9th of January. In Spain and in Badajoz the people place a Christmas tree or a Belen Crib, that are the house places where the presents are placed. The Christmas food in Spain are seafood, smoked salmon, lardy... and the New Year’s Eve typical food are the twelve grapes. And in the 6th of January is the “Magic Kings”, in Spain we have presents.

Nacho's Christmas


At Christmas, people in Spain met with family on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve to receive the arrival of Christmas and New Year. During this time people throw firecrackers, put the Christmas tree and the Christmas scene. For children, the most anticipated moment is the night of the Kings. That night is also in the ride, where sweet are distributed. The next morning 6th of January the children wake up excited thinking about the gifts that the Kings have let them

The Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain is very beautiful because the streets are  adorned with  the colour lights and a lot of  Christmas trees in the diferent houses . At Christmas I stay at home with my family and meet my friends. The  25 is the Christmas Day , and my family and I have dinner  in my house .The 31 of December my family, my friends and I have dinner in my house and celebrate the new year . The 31 of December we eat twelve grapes with the arrival of the new year . The 6 of Januaryis the Day of the  "Los Reyes Magos" .

Christmas card from Dimitris Petropoulos

I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.


Crossword from Giannis Fink

Wishes from Savvas

I wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year.
I wish you to have love and be healthy.
I wish you to be happy and never be sad.


Wishes from Maria Tsecheridou and Zoe


Hallo everybody….this year in my lovely town Drama is a beautiful time…It’s Christmas time…DRAMA IS A DREAM TOWN!!

Maria Tsecheridou


Merry Christmas all over the word!!!!
Hi. My town Drama have the Village of Sand Clans. The anther towns copy
The village of Sand Clans.
In Greece!!!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!

Hello guys and Merry Christmas!!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!!
I wish you great holidays and with a lot of presents…….
Christmas is one great celebration with a lot of love. I want to give to all of you one sweet recipe of Christmas: Melomakarona

''This is the material for a Traditional Christmas Cookie''

For the cookies:
1 ¼ cups (2 ½ sticks) butter
1 egg yolk
¼ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons whiskey
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
3 ½ cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon ground gloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon orange zest

For syrup:
2 cups honey
½ cup ground walnuts or almonds

From Maria Tersenidou!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

video by fran


In Spain Christmas celebration es very similar to your Christmas.
The first thing, on the 25th of December, we receive Santa Clause's presents under the Christmas tree.
The Secondo thing, on the 6th of January we receibe presents of the three wise men.
The three wise men put more presents than Santa Claus because the presents are more expensive.

Maria, Spain

In Christmas I spend my time with my family. On 6th 7th and 8th of December, me and my family decorate our house with a big tree, some light and a I put the big crib. I like do it because I think it is very amusing and funny.
On 24th of December we do many things. In the morning my mum and me make different kind of desserts. About two o’clock in the noon, my parents, my brothers and come out, to a bar or to a restaurant with friends to wish Merry Christmas. In the afternoon, we go to my grandparent’s house, there are my uncles and my cousins. After that we return home, finish the dinner and give little presents like socks or gloves or something like this. We call this celebration Christmas Eve.

On 25th we made a lunch, and some of my uncles come to my house to congratulate the Christmas.

On 31st of December (New Year’s Eve) my family make the dinner in the afternoon and after we go to my grandparent’s house to have some time with them. After that we return to house and have dinner. At 12 o’clock we eat 12 grapes with the chimes. And after, we phone the family to congratulate the New Year or we go out to have a party with smart clothes.

In the afternoon on 5th of January we go to the ride with a lot of colour and some characters from different cartoons or series. This night we go to bed early and put some milk and water in the living room because this night the Three Kings come to your house and put a lot of presents and sweets under the tree.

I have a good time in Christmas, I enjoy a lot with this!
See you later and write me soon! :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Acrostic Poem for Christmas


by Vasilis Georgatzis

Friday, December 11, 2009

Sitagroi (Drama)

The village of sitagroi located on the motorway Drama-Serres. The excavation showed  that in the municipality of Sitagroi human presence  is continuous since prehistoric times. The population of the municipality  of Sitagroi is minly characterized by the refugee points (Sea Thracian and Asia Minor).
Fince they mored to new places, they transferred their manners and customs, religious traditions and in general all those cultures and cultural elements, give a special color in the region and the lifestyle of residents. My village is small. 1500 residents live there.
 Around The village there are 3 other villages: Meglokampos, Mikrokampos  and Fotolivos.
People there mainly to their fields and livestock.     

Article by Valantis Ampelidis

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Today region area is attracting crowds of visitors at Autumn.They are going to have fun at the restaurants and at café bars.Drama has a celebration at the third day of Ceptember.The celebration area is Agia “Barbara”.We are now in the modest emporic city of Drama.Monsolmanic temples in the center area awakes minds of all seasons in the town.In Drama football has been admiring by most of the people because of Doxa Drama.Drama is generally known for her danken fun, as the residents are distinguish with their lives and at the songs.

Article by Dimitris Svigkas

Oneiroupoli (Drama)

Photo by Tasos Seferiadis

Prefecture of Drama (Greece)

Area: (sq. km): 3.468
Population (2001) : 103.763
Population Density (hab /sq. km) : 30
Capital City: Drama
Number of Hotels: 9
Number of hotel Rooms: 430

by :  Constantinos  Avgitidis

Santa Barbara

Drama is a city built on water. The central source of water is located in Santa Barbara. The clear water of Sana Barbara has a lot of fish, like crayfish, small brianas and trouts. You can also see the foundations of a building in the water, which according to a legend is the ruins of the old church of Santa Barbara which water sprouted when the Turks demolished it to build a mosque .The Cross of light is released every year from Santa Barbara’s podium.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mikaella from Cyprus

Hello! My name is Mikaella Patsali. I am thirteen years old and I was born on 18th January in 1996. I am from Cyprus and I live in a small village, called Yeri, near the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia. My favourite lessons are History, Computers and Maths. I have one brother younger than me. In my free time I love going to the cinema, playing games online and cooking. I speak Greek, English and French. I like making new friends and I'm looking forward to making some across Europe. My best friends are Anastasia and Skevi. We are true friends and we have fun all the time.

Interested in sports
Koala is my favourite animal
A little bit excited about this blog

The birth of Son of God or Christmas

In Christianity, Christmas is the festival celebrating the Nativity of Jesus, the Christian belief that the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament's Messianic prophecies was born to the Virgin Mary. The story of Christmas is based on the biblical accounts given in the Gospel of Matthew, namely Matthew 1:18-Matthew 2:12 and the Gospel of Luke, specifically Luke 1:26-Luke 2:40. According to these accounts, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in the city of Bethlehem. According to popular tradition, the birth took place in a stable, surrounded by farm animals, though neither the stable nor the animals are specifically mentioned in the Biblical accounts. However, a manger is mentioned in Luke 2:7 where it states "She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Early iconographic representations of the nativity placed the stable and manger within a cave (located, according to tradition, under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem). Shepherds from the fields surrounding Bethlehem were told of the birth by an angel, and were the first to see the child. Many Christians believe that the birth of Jesus fulfilled prophecies from the Old Testament.
Christians celebrate Christmas in many ways. In addition to this day being one of the most important and popular for the attendance of church services, there are numerous other devotions and popular traditions. Prior to Christmas Day, the Eastern Orthodox Church practices the Nativity Fast in anticipation of the birth of Jesus, while much of the Western Church celebrates Advent. People decorate their homes, and exchange gifts. In some Christian denominations, children perform plays re-telling the events of the Nativity, or sing carols that reference the event. Some Christians also display a small re-creation of the Nativity, known as a Nativity scene or crib, in their homes, using figurines to portray the key characters of the event. Live Nativity scenes and tableaux vivants are also performed, using actors and live animals to portray the event with more realism.
There is a very long tradition of producing painted depictions of the nativity in art. Nativity scenes are traditionally set in a barn or stable and include Mary, Joseph, the child Jesus, angels, shepherds and the Three Wise Men, Balthazar, Melchior, and Caspar, who are said to have followed a star, known as the Star of Bethlehem, and arrive after his birth.

Here is a power point presentation made by Marius with paintings and drawings of the students from Special School Caransebes .

Students sing european anthem in romanian language and some carols.

Dear parteners here you can see how we celebrate The birth of Son of God or Christmas in last school year in Special School Caransebes http://studentsallovereuropecelebrategodsbirth.piczo.com/?g=1&cr=2

Monday, December 7, 2009

Shopping in Bari

Bari is an important commercial city. In Bari there are many shops and the most important are mainly situated in a few central streets: Via Sparano, Corso Cavour, Via Argiro, etc.. There are shops of different categories, both national and international. These streets in Bari's new town are excellent for gift and souvenir-buying as well as just browsing while you wander. You'll find large shops of international brands like H&M, Adidas and Zara, and also Italian ones. There is no pressure to buy if you enter any of the shops and it is a pleasant walk where you can see the everyday life of the modern town. We think that it is not wrong to define the “Borgo Murattiano” as a big open-air shop. In fact, here there are a lot of shops,and everyone can find what he is looking for.The main street is surely Via Sparano,the long promenade and pedestrian area where it is possible to find the main brands. Corso Cavour is also ideal for shopping, but mainly with cheap shops and stalls.But in all the streets of this area (for example,Via Argiro) there are a lot of shops, so...have a nice day!The opening hours are 9-13 and 16.30-20.30. On Monday morning and Sunday (few occasions excepted) shops are usually closed. There are also several shopping centres, like Auchan, Ipercoop, Bariblu, each with a big hypermarket and lots of shops. They are usually located on the outskirts of the city or on the highways connecting Bari with other towns of the metropolitan area and they are open all day, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m..

Sunday, December 6, 2009

What to eat in Bari

Bari's cuisine is based on three typical agricultural products found in the Puglia region: wheat, olive oil and wine. A wide variety of fruit and vegetables is also produced locally. Local flour is used in homemade bread and pasta including the famous "orecchiette", hat-shaped pasta, "recchietelle" or "strascinate" (orecchiette of different sizes) and "cavatelli".
Homemade dough is also used for baked "calzoni" , pies stuffed with onions, anchovies, capers and olives; fried "panzerotti" with mozzarella cheese, simple "focaccia" (a kind of pizza) with tomatoes, etc.
Meat dishes and the local Barese "ragù" (stuffed meat rolls cooked in tomato sauce) often include lamb, pork and often horse meat, considered something of a local delicacy.
"Pasta al forno", a baked pasta dish, is very popular in Bari and was historically a Sunday dish. The traditional recipe consists of "penne" or similar tubular pasta shapes, tomato sauce, small beef and pork meatballs and halved hard boiled eggs; but different families have variations. The pasta is then topped with mozzarella or similar cheese and then baked in the oven to make the dish top crispy.
Bari is the capital of an important fishing area, so it offers fresh fish, and also seafood (octopus, sea urchins, mussels), often eaten raw. In fact, perhaps Bari's most famous dish is the oven-baked "Riso, patate e cozze" (rice with potatoes and mussels).
By Margherita, Alessia, Caterina, Rosemary, Stefania
("focaccia" picture from www.flickr.com)

Going out in Bari

In Bari there are many places to go out in the afternoon and at night. The most frequented by young people are two central squares, Piazza del Ferrarese and Piazza Mercantile, which are very close to one another. Piazza del Ferrarese is a very large old square connecting the shopping area in the modern Murat district and the old town, and leading to the ancient city walls. Piazza Mercantile also dates back to ancient times. These two squares are full of cafés, pizzerias and restaurants.
People can have a walk along Corso Cavour and Via Sparano, very wide boulevards full of shops (Via Sparano is also a pedestrian area) and finally they can hang out along the beautiful seafront. “Nderr a la Lanz'’ is a particular part of the waterfront, where during the day you can buy fish and seafood and find stalls with various types of merchandise, while at night it is frequented by people in their twenties.
By Dominga, Viviana, Mario, Gianluca, Pasquale, Nicola

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bari Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saint Sabinus is older though less famous than the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, and it is right in the heart of the old town, in a square called Piazza dell’Odegitria.
The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Bari-Bitonto. It was begun in Bizantine style in 1034, but it was destroyed in the sack of the city in 1156 by William the Wicked.
A new building was built between 1170-1178, partially inspired by that of San Nicholas. Today traces of the original pavement are visible in the transept. One of the mosaic pavements bears an inscription with the name of Bishop Andrea and it seems likely that these are the remains of the first cathedral, which was destroyed in the 9th or 10th century.
The church is an important example of Apulian Romanesque architecture and it has a simple Romanesque façade with three portals; in the upper part there is a rose window decorated with monstruous and fantasy figures. The interior has a nave and two aisles, divided by sixteen columns with arcades. In the crypt there are the relics of Saint Sabinus and the icon of the Madonna Odegitria.
The interior and the façade were redecorated in Baroque style during the 18th century, but in the 1950s the Cathedral was restored to its original style.

By Mattia, Yary, Luigi A., Barbara, Luigi S.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas in Cyprus

Christmas in Cyprus

The Christmas period is a religious holiday, the Cypriot people honour Christ. There are services at all Churches on Christmas Eve and early Christmas Morning. Before Christmas arrives, the housewives start the preparations for the twelve holy days. The Holy Twelve days of Christmas, six days in the “old” year and six days in the “new” year, include the three feast days-Christmas day, New Year’s Day and Epiphany.

Turkeys are now part of Christmas in Cyprus and Christmas Day will see the traditional turkey Christmas dinner! The children get their presents on New Year’s Day as Santa Claus is “Agios Vasilis” whom is celebrated on this day.
After bedtime on New Year’s Eve, the mothers would put out the presents under the tree with “Santa’s” cake with a coin inside the cake, and a glass of wine next to it for “Santa” to refresh himself.

The children wake really early on New Year’s Day and rush to cut the cake, for someone to find the coin. The person who finds the coin will be lucky all year. After the cake cutting, it’s time for presents!! For the New Year’s Day feast, much traditional baking takes place, including the cake with the lucky coin. After attending the service in church, the different families will embrace and wish each other everything that is good.

On the 6th January, the children would again rise early and go to their grandparents’ homes. After reciting a small poem, the children receive gifts of money. Christ was baptized in the River Jordon on Epiphany Day (The Feast of Light) which is the 6th January. In all seaside towns or villages, it is traditional for the Priest to lead a procession down to the sea where the ceremonial Baptism is enacted. Suring the ceremony, the leading Priest will cast the Holy Cross into the sea and young men dive into the sea to try to retrieve the cross and returning it to the Priest.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Every year in 1 december we celebrate in our town Caransebes - National Day of Romania

Dear parteners we participated at the events organized in our town Caransebes for 1 december.

If you want to see many videos follow this playlist .