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I'm going to a Greek baptism this summer in Athens and I was wondering how much money is normal for a baptism gift. I've been to many baptisms before but my family is Catholic so I don't know how Greek baptisms are different.


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It really depends on how close you are to the family and the child, and how much money you're comfortable gifting. Definitely don't give them more than you can, and don't skimp out either. It's a delicate balance. It might be a good idea to ask some of the other guests who are very close to you and you asking wouldn't seem inappropriate or taboo.


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Greek Orthodox baptisms are like mini weddings so I say use the same rule of thumb as you do for a wedding.
Where is it being held (expensive hall?) and how close you are to the family.
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If you feel hesitant that you won't be able to afford a really big amount of money, you could also try buying an item. This way it can be a bit more meaningful, and it's a really kind gesture. Look for any sales to try and get the most bang for your buck.


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Traditionally in Greece many of the guests don’t give money but may buy an outfit from a retail store for the baby. I baptized both my children there and was given clothes and a few people gave me leather binded albums for baptism pictures. Good luck!


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As a general guideline for *myself,* I try to give enough to at least cover the cost of what I’m going to eat and drink at the event. Just think about what you would spend at a restaurant for a similar type of meal and atmosphere, and it makes it easier to come up with an amount. But no one expects you to exceed your budget. A struggling student should feel comfortable giving a small €10 gift, but a middle aged person of comfortable means might give €50-€100, and a close family member might spend even more if they want. Go with your instinct. I will say I have never regretted erring on the side of generosity.


For me, my gift choice depends on whether they had a baby shower that I went to or not. If I did go to the shower, I would usually give money, maybe at least $50, but it all depends on what is happening after the Christening...Christening-Gifts-720x476.jpg

Gift Idea for Adult Chrismation

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I am so excited, I have just been asked to be a godmother. I know generally what is expected but I am trying to sort it all out. What is it that godparents need to bring to the Christening? I know that the priest usually provides a list but I want to start getting ahead of it. With Easter just behind us, I don't know how long it will be until I get the list. The Christening isn't for a few months, but I know that the church seems to be a bit behind and I have no idea how long it will be until I get the list!

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Philitimo is a concept that most of us in Greece and in the diaspora understand intuitively.

I have had nonGreek friends ask me to explain it.

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Greek Wedding Traditions

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- Or course, having the service in an orthodox church

I am sure I missed some!
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