It was December night in 2010. I went home to Skopje for the winter holiday. It's amazing how these cozy gatherings transform people.
Macedonia has a continental climate, with really warm summers and freezing winters. It may snow or not, but you can bet that temperature at the end of December will be below freezing for most of the day and the whole night.
People celebrate Christmas there by the Old Calendar, 7th January.
But they are very aware of the new calendar Christmas and usually the days between 20 December and 13 January (old calendar New Year) are very special.
In many ways the time seems to stop, people are kinder than usual to each other, sellers selling warm drinks on the streets, restaurants advertising New Year banquets.
Those days are particularly nice in our family, as having a Greek father and Macedonian mum, we always celebrated both Christmases.
And as I could only take holidays during the new calendar Christmas, that was the one we mostly celebrated as a family in the last 20 years.
We would always gather at my mum's.
It's the house where we grew up.
We are four brothers, the three of them living within one kilometre distance, the youngest next to our mum.
The older brothers initially bought flats in other parts of Skopje, but eventually moved back to the suburb called Lisice.
They are all married, have two children each - so without inviting anyone else, we have a full house.
Those days we had my wife's sister with her family, as well as their parents; visiting us from Bulgaria.
It was during one of these nights, the people, the food and drink, the vibe, the laughter, the songs.... that I wrote this song.
Trying to capture the moment in a song.
Which to me has many more colours than a photo.