In December 1960, Athens was clean, shiny and wore its Christmas lights. Two photographers captured the Christmas spirit in brilliant artistic colors.Athens had no need for a giant Christmas tree at Syntagma Square, concerts and street performances, or bright lights everywhere.
The celebratory, optimistic mood of its citizens was bright enough to light Greece’s capital in the most splendid way.Christmas gifts and acts of charity did not need corporate sponsoring. People gave from their hearts and dressing as Santa Claus was not a profession.
(Pictures are from the Benaki Museum collection).
People gathered at Syntagma and Omonoia Squares and enjoyed the festive atmosphere, while the busy Panepistimiou and Stadiou streets were bustling with traffic as shoppers were rushing for their Christmas shopping.

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