When I was a child, people in Cyprus celebrated Christmas quite differently from the way they celebrate today. In my family, just like in most Cypriot families, we'd put up our tree on Christmas Eve. Soon after lunch, on December 24, Dad would bring THE Christmas Tree - a pine tree. In those days, there were hardly any artificial Christmas trees in Cyprus or, if there were any, they were terribly expensive. In those days, fir trees were protected and no one had the right to cut them down for Christmas! There was a severe fine of 15 €, which was a lot of money then!
Now people and shops decorate for Christmas as early as October! Most working girls, including myself, don't have the time to spend on baking kourabiedes and melomakarona and I do envy the women who will bake our traditional sweets as well as our traditional Christmas Cake!. A couple of years ago, I made time to bake my own kourabiedes and melomakarona When Alkis came back from work, he said: " I can smell...Christmas!"
What does Christmas smell like in your part of the world?