Christopsomo – The Greek Christmas bread

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Christopsomo (Χριστόψωμο), Christ’s bread is a very old Orthodox tradition. In most Greek Orthodox homes, the bread is made on the 24th of December with high quality ingredients and a lot of care. It is usually round in form with decorations on top. In the old times, people would fast until the morning church service on Christmas day and would eat this bread as their dinner just with olives and red wine. Read more...

Long donkey – traditional children’s game

   Long donkey (μακριά γαϊδούρα) is an old game that young boys used to play when they were gathered together out on the streets. Although technology has taken much of children’s time, some kids still play in the schoolyards or in the parks their grandparents’ games. Nowadays girls also take part in this game How to play: Children divide into two groups (teams). One member of a team sings “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” in order to decide which team will “bend” and which one will “jump”. Then one member of the “bend” team will stand against a wall or if there is no wall they bend over and wrap their arms around a tree or something else. The other members of the “bend” team, one by one, bend over and wrap their arms each time around the last kid’s waist…forming a “long donkey”. Then, the members of the “jump” team, one by one, run and jump on the “long donkey’s” back. After a few jumps eventually the “long donkey” breaks. The winning team is the one that holds up the largest number of children.    Read more...

It’s Greek to me by Andrea Granahan (author)

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Laundry day in Vourvoura By Andrea Granahan
Andrea Granahan’ s book, It’s Greek to me, is a book just published about a young American family living in rural Greece, in the late 1960′ s. Author’s purpose in writing the book is that she wants modern and ex-pat Greeks to get a glimpse of the profound beauty and meaning of their own roots.  
Book Cover By Andrea Granahan

In 1967 a young American sculptor and his family booked passage on a freight ship and moved to Greece, long before there was a European Union or Euros and the drachma was still the currency. This is the story of the family’s pivotal years first in the mountain villages of the Peloponnesus and then on the island of Paros in the Cyclades. The rural Greeks embraced the family and the family embraced the Greeks’ simple way of life, with hilarious and harrowing moments along the way.  Life was so basic everyone knew how many jars they owned because each one had its use, and your food was local because there was only one boat delivery a week. The Greeks knew how to work hard and celebrate wholeheartedly. Not a wealthy super-country, Greece was rich not just in history but in daily enjoyment of life.

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