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I forgot about this TV show until just now!! I decided to start rewatching and I must say, its not one of the best shows in the whole world but it is entertaining and helps me learn a bit of Greek. Defintley better than the reality tv shows that we have in the states. If anyone watches, please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts and predictions :)


Looking for Greek Christmas music

I have been looking for Greek Christmas music I can play when I have people over. I found some videos - do you guys have anything you can recommend?

I am having a lot of people over for different things, and thought it would be fun to add Greek music in the mix.

Here is what I found:

Learning Greek Dancing for a Wedding

I need to teach some people how to Greek dance for a wedding, and I wanted to share my notes on the process in case you all have anything to add. I can demo the dances, and I also found some videos online to show people. I was planning to video tape the lesson.

1. Understand the different types of Greek dances

Greek dances range from slow and romantic to fast and energetic. The most popular dances at Greek weddings include the Kalamatianos, Syrtos, Hasapiko, and Tsifteteli. The Kalamatianos is a slow dance in a circular formation, while the Syrtos features a circular line formation with hand-holding. The Hasapiko is a traditional solo dance, and the Tsifteteli is a popular belly dance style. Before you get on the dance floor, it helps to know which type of dance will be performed, so you can prepare yourself accordingly. I have to absolutely teach the kalamatianos since it goes with the traditional song.

2. Get familiar with the music

Greek music is a blend of traditional and modern styles, and often features the use of stringed instruments, like the bouzouki. To prepare for the wedding, listen to a few Greek wedding songs and get familiar with the beats and rhythms. Once you recognize the music, it'll be easier to catch the steps and dance along.

3. Start with the basics

If you're a beginner, don't try to learn the complicated moves right away. Start with the basics and gradually work your way up. For instance, the Kalamatianos starts with a simple step and pivot motion, while the Syrtos features a basic two-step motion. Youtube tutorials can help you learn the steps, but if possible, try to practice with a friend or family member, who can give you feedback and pointers.

4. Practice, practice, practice

Like with any new skill, practice is key. Set aside some time each day to practice the steps until you feel comfortable with the moves. As you practice, pay attention to your posture and footwork, and try to move with the rhythm of the music. Don't worry about getting it perfect, the most important thing is to have fun! We should ideally have more than one practice session, especially with the wedding party. Let's see if I can get everyone together.

Interesting Greek-Inspired Gift Ideas

It's the season for gift giving, and I have people in my life who love Greek stuff. Not all of them are Greek! So, I thought I would put together a list of ideas which, frankly, can be used year round for all kinds of situations! Hostess gifts, birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc... The ideas:

Ceramic Vases - Greek pottery is renowned for its intricate designs and beautiful colors. You can recreate this art by making your own ceramic vases. You can use different patterns to represent the specific period and region of Greece. Decorate your vase with beautiful Greek letters, mythological creatures, or patterns inspired by ancient pottery. Ceramics are a timeless gift that can be used for decoration or to hold flowers.

Personalized Maps - Greece is full of picturesque cities, islands, and scenic spots. Creating a personalized map of Greece could be an excellent unique gift for someone who loves traveling. You can use a 3D printing and scanning company to create a map of Greece in high-resolution, and then add personalized features such as landmarks that your giftee visited, special photos, and text. Personalized maps provide a timeless way of capturing memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Olive Oil and Honey Set - Greek olives and honey are known for their rich taste and aroma. You can put together a gift set of high-quality Greek olive oil and honey that your loved ones can use in their cooking. To personalize the gift, consider adding a recipe book with Greek-inspired recipes that include olive oil and honey as ingredients. This gift set is perfect for any food enthusiast looking to add unique flavors to their meals.

Greek-Inspired Jewelry - Greeks have a rich history of jewelry making. Handmade jewelry can be a perfect gift for people who love dressing up. You can make jewelry pieces, such as earrings, necklaces, or bracelets that incorporate Greek designs. Greek-inspired jewelry typically features images of gods and goddesses, ancient artifacts, or symbols of good luck. The fact that the jewelry is handmade adds personal value to each piece.

Greek Coffee Gift Set - Greeks are known for their coffee culture. Greek coffee is a treat that coffee lovers can enjoy. Put together a gift set that includes authentic Greek coffee beans, copper coffee pot (briki), and coffee cups. Don’t forget to include instructions on how to make Greek coffee! This gift set transmits the experience of a Greek coffee and is perfect for someone who loves coffee and would appreciate a unique coffee preparation.

How much money to give at a Greek wedding?

I am going to be attending a wedding in Greece and am trying to gather information.

Someone in another thread I started about Greek wedding traditions said that Greeks typically give money at a wedding.

Do you know how I would figure out how much to give? What's customary?

Thanks in advance!
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