Orthodox Christmas isn't until 7 January, however, holiday lights and decorations began appearing in Skopje in early November. Each week, something new has been added. On our first day back in Macedonia, our Christmas Day, Dan and I were accosted by a gang of men hanging out at Macedonia Square. They were wearing their gang colors--red and white with faux fur accents. Curiously, they all wore hats, white wigs and long beards.
The members of this Santa-suited gang grabbed the hands of smiling children, tourists, and other unsuspecting foreigners and led them away. The gang leader grabbed our hands and led us to a snowy little corner where we were held hostage by the gang's mascot until we agreed to have our photo taken.