The Greek finance ministry’s annual Christmas message to journalists has used an unusual image this year.
They’ve used Dicken’s famous character from ‘A Christmas Carol’ Ebenezer Scrooge, a man synonymous with tight-pocketed financing, along with former business partner Jacob Marley, now in chains.
“Our wishes will prevail over all the Ebenezers of this world”, the card reads.
Some have already begun to decode what they say is a message to Greece’s creditors- the unpopular lenders who have imposed austerity on Greece since 2010.
Euro zone ministers met in November to discuss the future of the Greek finances, but decided to wait before making a decision.
The IMF and the Greek government have decried the decision, fearing it may cost Greece if investors lose confidence.
Austerity-hit Greeks have lost almost a third of their income since the financial crisis began.
Unemployment currently stands at over 25%, in Greece, and youth unemployment has reached the dizzying heights of 46%.
Pensioners are also badly affected. Thousands marched on parliament in October to protest cuts to their benefits.