My Week in Athens… Dec 20

  • by XpatAthens
  • Thursday, 05 February 2015
My Week in Athens… Dec 20
Does anyone go Christmas shopping anymore? I mean, crisis aside, does anyone actually leave their house and go to a physical shop and purchase gifts from a live person?

Or are you like me, and buy all gifts (big and small) online?

I really enjoy Christmas, I love the lights, the decorations, the crowds, the general ‘Christmas spirit’. This year will not be an easy one for many families in Athens, to be sure. But I think a lot of us get a huge kick out of the whole festive season…

As far as filling up the (small) stockings on my list, I must admit that even when I ventured down to Ermou St. or to The Mall in Marousi over the past days, I didn’t cross anything off my list. Lots of people, lots of activity, lots of Christmasy fun - but zero bags of goodies.

Appropriately enough, I’ve had lots of luck using Skroutz (‘Scrooge’). This is a site that compares 100’s of online shops across Greece, for all kinds of products – from mobile phones to kitchen accessories, from air conditioners to bicycles and baby gear. The site has a great interface, accurate price comparisons, and with a few easy clicks you’ve found, ordered and paid and sit happily waiting for your exciting delivery.

I wish everyone out there a happy holiday and an even better 2013 – let’s make it count.

Until next week,


In this weekly space, keep up with ‘Jack’ as he navigates daily life in Athens… Anecdotes, stories, hits & misses, the good, the bad and, well, the rest…