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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
I know that Halloween isn't something that is traditionally Greek, and that is true in other places in Europe, too. However, I have noticed in my travels that some countries have been embracing it. Is this the case in Greece or do Greeks mostly ignore it?
I am trying to learn about the Greek culture. Many of you may have seen my posts lately about phyllo...I realize that I want to know more than just the food! I looked on the calendar and it seems that Ohi Day is coming up - how do people usually celebrate? From what I gather, people in Greece who are in the workface get this day off? Besides that, how do people spend the day?
I am wondering how you guys all choose a name day to celebrate. For example, I have a friend named John, and there are multiple saints that have that name. He said he chose the saint that resonated the most with him. I have another friend, also named John, who celebrated a different one because that is the one that the parents had selected. How do you know what the right choice is?
I have heard of the tradition of decorating boats in Greece for Christmas. I think it's called karakavi? Does anyone know anything more about it? This isn't a tradition my family adopted but I have heard of friends doing it. I am thinking of adding it to our holiday celebrations this year.
From what I can tell, people who don't have an actual boat decorate models of boats. At first, I thought based on pics I had seen of Greece in the past, that boat owners were just being festive. lol