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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:


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Here is the Greek Christmas carol, the kalanda:

What are your favorite Greek Christmas traditions?

I plan to incorporate some Greek Christmas traditions into our celebrations this year. I live in the United States.

What are some of your favorite traditions?

So far I am learning about - the tradition of decorating boats, to kalanda, pomegranates, and traditions associated with the Orthodox Church.

Popular sports teams in Greece

I thought I'd do some research about some of the most popular teams in Greece. Soccer seems to be the most popular, and there is also a strong basketball fanbase. Did I miss anything? Should I add or subtract anything?

1. Olympiacos F.C - This is the biggest football club in Greece; their fans are known as “The Greece’s Red Army.” Olympiacos F.C has won the Greek Super League more times than any other team since its establishment.

2. Panathinaikos B.C - Founded in 1919, Panathinaikos B.C has won the most Greek Basket League championships, propelling it to be among the most popular sports teams in Greece.

3. AEK Athens F.C - AEK has one of the biggest and most passionate fan bases in Greece. The team has won three Greek cups and one Greek Super League trophy.

4. PAOK F.C - PAOK is the third-luckiest team in Greece. PAOK has fans all over Greece, indicating that they could be the next big football club following Olympiacos and AEK in terms of popularity.

5. Olympiacos B.C - Olympiacos B.C has won nine Greek Basketball League trophies, representing the team’s dominance in basketball. Its fans are dubbed ‘Red Angels' and are one of the most loyal fan bases in Greece.

6. Xanthi FC - Located in a small city in Thrace, Xanthi FC is the neighborhood's pride and joy. Although they’ve never won a domestic trophy, the team has captured the hearts of many people in the region.

7. Aris Thessaloniki F.C - Founded in 1914, Aris has a rich history. The club has won two Greek Cypriot championships, particularly in 1946 and 1979.

8. AEK Athens B.C - AEK Athens Basketball Club was the first-ever Greek club to reach the semifinals of a European competition. The team has dominated in domestic competitions, with eight Greek cup and three Greek Basket League titles.

9. A.C. PAOK - PAOK’s volleyball team is just as successful as its football team. The team has won 13 Greek Volleyball League championships, making it one of the most successful volleyball teams in Greece.

10. Olympiacos Piraeus BC - Olympiacos Piraeus BC is the second success story in Greek basketball, with nine Greek Basket League championships. Its fans are among the most rabid and passionate in the country.

Decorating Greek Paper Boats at Home

I love the Greek tradition of decorating paper boats, and I thought it would be a fun project to do at home for the holidays. Called karavakia, the boats were used as a gift to sailors and as a token of good luck for the new year. It's a popular tradition!

How can I do this at home, any advice? Here is what I think I will do:
  • Make boats out of paper - start by folding a square piece of paper in half diagonally. Then, fold the bottom corners up to the center and glue them down to create a diamond-shaped base. Fold the top corner down about an inch, and glue it down. Fold the two side corners inward towards the center and glue them down. The result should be a paper boat with a triangular sail.
  • Decorate it however I want - I like glitter, ribbons, stickers, etc.... I love glitter!
  • Some traditional ways to decorate - Cut out small triangles from colored paper to create a festive sail, then glue it onto the triangular sail of the boat.
  • Be sure to tie a string to the boat, and your karavákia is ready to be hung up or placed on a windowsill

I found this video with visual instructions for making the paper boats. It's hard to describe with words!

Greek Pomegranates Tradition for Christmas

Pomegranates are associated with Greece during Christmas, and I never quite understood why. So I looked it up! Here is some information from my notes - feel free to chime in and add anything Im ay have missed:

In Greece, one of the most prominent traditions is the use of pomegranates. The pomegranate is not only a symbol of Greek culture but is also associated with the story of Persephone, who was allowed to return to her mother, Demeter, after eating six pomegranate seeds.

They are used to decorate homes, tables, and even churches. Greeks believe that the pomegranate symbolizes prosperity, good luck, and fertility. It is also believed to bring good health and protect against evil spirits.

During Christmas Eve, Greeks use pomegranates to decorate the traditional Christopsomo, which is a type of sweet bread that is baked in a round shape. The pomegranate is placed in the center of the bread, which is then sprinkled with sesame seeds and decorated with a cross to signify the birth of Jesus Christ.

Another tradition involving pomegranates is the game of breaking them open. Greeks enjoy playing the game where they throw a pomegranate to the ground, and whoever is the first to break open the fruit will have good luck for the entire year. Greeks believe that the more seeds they find inside, the more luck and prosperity they will have in the new year.

Pomegranates are also used in the Greek Orthodox Church during the blessing of the waters ceremony. This ceremony takes place on January 6th, which is the day of Epiphany, commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. The priest throws a cross into the waters, and young men dive into the water to retrieve it. After the cross is retrieved, the priest blesses the water with holy oil and a pomegranate. The pomegranate is then thrown into the water to bring prosperity and good luck to the community.
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