Christmas candles with a twist: Santa with masks

In Greece, Santa wears masks

Location: Thessaloniki

Candlemaker Alexios Gerakis wants to highlight

the importance of wearing masks

by putting them on his Father Christmas candles

(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) SHOP OWNER AND CANDLEMAKER ALEXIOS GERAKIS SAYING:"Due to what's happening, we are also trying to convey a message that health comes first, then everything else."

Like many business owners

Gerakis's shop won't be open for the holidays

(SOUNDBITE) (Greek) SHOP OWNER AND CANDLEMAKER ALEXIOS GERAKIS SAYING:" Christmas is a bit of a question mark for all of us this year I think, we don't know how this will end up. We have to be optimistic, but it's uncertain what will happen."