December 26, 1955

LIKE BEFORE THE WAR: (From a commentary in Kathimerini): The Christmas market was full of all kinds of goods this year, as much as before the war. And since money was circulating at a faster rate, partly as a result of the government’s credit policy, more households this year were able to buy more things. However, this does not mean prosperity. But the quiet measures by the state to bring more food to the markets and boost purchasing power have borne results. CHRISTMAS TREES: Both artificial and «real» trees, constructed of fir branches, have swamped the city. Last night the lights on the trees were a brilliant sight in shop windows in Klafthmonos and Kotzias squares as well as in open areas where toys are being sold. AMERICAN AID: Washington DC, 22 – A representative of the economic cooperation department has stated that total aid to Greece from the US government during the current calendar year amounted to about 50 million dollars. RADIO: National Program, 7 p.m. on Christmas Day: «In Christ’s Castle,» Third Program, 9.30 p.m. Handel’s «Messiah.»