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...

The traditional Greek New Year’s Carols

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During the morning hours of the 31st of December, each year, children visit their neighborhood’s homes to sing the New Year’s carols with the help of a musical triangle and they wish people Happy New Year. In cities, they also visit shops to sing the carols. The shop owners in return, offer the children a small amount of money to thank them for the wishes.

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In Greek tradition, Santa Claus is named Saint Vassilis and he visits the houses in New Years Eve to bring the presents to children. The lyrics of the New Year’ s carols, basically are used to welcome Saint Vassilis into Greek houses for prosperous life and good health. 
In the video you can listen to the Greek New Year’s Carols sang by children. Happy New Year to all of you!  

Melomakarona, the delicious Greek Christmas cookies

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If you happen to visit a Greek house during holidays season you will surely be served a melomakarono. Small or bigger in size, these biscuits make Greek houses smell like Christmas. They are made of semolina, olive oil, walnuts, cinnamon and orange zest and after they are baked they are soaked with honey syrup. Being dairy and egg-free they are the best sweet for those who fast during the 40 day pre-Christmas period.  
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  Although they are sold in most bakeries and sweet shops during Christmas, most housewives put an effort to make their own melomakarona. There are loads of recipes on the internet and they are so easy to make. Melomakarona are also sold online in packages.  
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  Tip: If you visit Greece during Christmas period, try also the chocolate version of them. It is the ultimate mouthwatering experience!