Christmas Eve live from Greece!

As all Greeks, I also joined the every year tradition of going to church. I have to admit that before I came to Greece 7 years ago, it seemed all so big to me: everyone dressing well to go to church, the whole ceremony in church. But now it has become a habit, something that gives me an extra Christmas feeling. And afterwards, outside the church, you will probably meet someone you haven’t seen for a while. After a while, it is time to go home and have the delicious Christmas meal.

I would like to give you an idea of how Christmas eve is celebrated in Greece. I have taken a lot of pictures but also videos which I would like to show to the ones who are interested in experiencing a Greek Christmas tradition as if they were present.

Coming up soon!

Ever tasted this? Sweet, sweeter, sweetest!

I remember when was a little girl, every Christmas we had these Greek Christmas cookies on our table.  Even one week before Christmas we were eating them. They were handmade by my mother or grandmother. We didn’t live in Greece at that time and I remember my friends stopping by just to have some of these cookies. They really adored them! In Greece they are made in bakeries, but you can buy them also in supermarkets. I really would like to be able to offer you some in order to let you taste them, but that is a little bit difficult. What I can do instead is give you the recipe on a video on Youtube for the ones who love spending time in their kitchen and would like to try them out.

The two famous cookies are:

KOURABIEDES

A little bit sweet, but when you eat the first one, your have to eat a second one!

 

MELOMAKARONA

A little bit dryer and less sweet. Really good!

Have fun while making them!

KALI OREXI! ENJOY!

 

What will be happening on the 23th of December in Athens?

The initiative ‘I CARE, I SHARE’  of MEGA channel, a famous TV channel in Greece, will take place on the 23th of December on the Syntagma Square (the central square) in Athens. Everyone who has clothing, food, toys or whatever they don’t need or whatever they can offer in order to help someone else, can visit Syntagma Square where all these things will be collected and given away to the ones that are in need.

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Syntagma Square and the Parliament

It was announced that at this moment almost 3.000.000 Greeks (Greece has almost 10.800.000 inhabitants) live ‘below the poverty line’. If this initiative is well organized, it could be a very nice solution for lots of people who are in need and it could mean an nice gift for this Christmas.

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Unfortunately I will not be in Athens on the 23th of December, but I will try to get some shoots from television that will be discussing this initiative for sure.  I’m glad to be able to tell my kids about this solidarity between the Greeks. Even if someone cannot go to Athens that day, there is always a way to give in a different way (if you can). The reason why I publish this article before the 23th of December is to inform whoever in Greece hasn’t heard yet about this initiative. All for one and one for all…

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   The TV spot

Our yellow friends!

The yellow friends of Greece, mostly in Athens and Thessaloniki, are part of the colorful sight of the cities. They are available everywhere and anytime.

In every country cabs are necessary, but in Greece they are very much used as they are not that expensive. Mostly they are yellow and are somewhat large cars. But in some smaller cities they are also red.

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I was driving through Athens and it is amazing to see how many yellow caps are driving on the street. Sometimes they are even more than the normal cars! Sometimes I wonder how all of them are able to work?! But when you think that Athens has approximately 5.000.000 inhabitants, the question is immediately answered.

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The great thing about them is that you can wait wherever you want and when you see one, you just give a sign and the cab picks you up. If the cab is full or is going to a totally other direction, the cab driver will of course have to refuse your request of bringing you to your destination. But even if you wait for an empty one, you still will not be waiting a long time. I remember, when I stayed for one week in Athens (almost one year ago), the maximum time I needed to get a cab (on the corner of the  street where I staid) was 15 minutes! And imagine that it was a neighborhood without much traffic! But the most funny thing is when you see lots of them driving in one street! The yellow sight of the street really gets your attention!

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How to get a job in Greece!

Wanting to keep humor alive during this difficult time in Greece, I decided to publish more often funny videos and jokes on Greeks, Greece, the crisis, etc.

This one is presented by two young Greek actors. It is about Greeks having enormous difficulties with finding a job. People would do ‘anything’ to get a job.

Although this video is a little bit exaggerated, it wouldn’t be funny if it would be realistic!

Ever seen this?

When I visited Athens to do some shopping and to have some fun with my kids, I passed by this most amusing shop! Probably this kind of shops exists also in other countries, but personally I had never seen things being exposed also on the outside of a shop! And especially things hanging on the outside wall! It immediately won my attention and as my oldest one already knows the fact of ‘mummy having always her camera with her’, he said ‘take a picture mom’! So here you go:

I really wonder if they are not preoccupied about thiefs having the opportunity to steal at any time! But probably they will have their method of exposing these products safely. I wanted to enter the shop and ask them some things, but unfortunately that was not possible this time. Maybe next time!

The shop is situated in this street, a relative famous street with different kind of shops (tools, batteries, etc.). Most of the time there is much traffic and you see lots of men!

Street art and graffiti on crisis

The voice of the people on buildings and bridges. They are really overwhelming. These pictures are made in Athens. I am sure there are lots more of them, but these were the most remarkable ones in the short time I visited Athens. Political expressions, expression of feelings, etc. If I discover more of them on other places, I will share them with you.

Translation:  I am getting tortured…

 

Greek jokes/statements on the crisis

 

A couple of days ago a TV program mentioned some jokes on the crisis written by Greek people on Facebook and Twitter. It gave me the idea to find some jokes for you as it is also nice to show you the Greeks are trying not to lose their humor. Some Greeks laugh with them, others not at all. :-)

 

Επιπλέον για τις γκόμενες ,είσαι σίγουρος πια 100% ότι δε σε θέλει για τα λεφτά σου.

Today you are sure for 100% that women don’t want you for your money.


«ΟΠΟΙΟΣ ΠΙΝΕΙ ΓΙΑ ΝΑ ΞΕΧΑΣΕΙ, ΠΑΡΑΚΑΛΕΙΤΑΙ ΝΑ ΠΡΟΠΛΗΡΩΣΕΙ!»  (Post hanging in a restaurant)

Whoever drinks to forget, please prepay!

 

 

Μην κλέβετε, μη λέτε ψέματα, μην πουλάτε ναρκωτικά… η κυβέρνηση δε γουστάρει ανταγωνιστές!

Don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t sell drugs… the government does not like any concurrent!

 

Tις προάλλες ένα αυτοκίνητο στούκαρε στη βιτρίνα ενός καταστήματος και φώναξε ο καταστηματάρχης: “Επιτέλους, μπήκε ένας άνθρωπος στο μαγαζί“.

Some time ago a car hit in a window of a shop and the shop owner screamed: “Finally someone enters my shop!”


 

Τα πραγματα γινονται ολοενα και χειροτερα… χθες περασα απο το Συνταγμα και ειδα τα περιστερια να ταιζουν τους ανθρωπους.

Things are becoming really worse… yesterday I passed by Sintagma square in Athens and I saw pigeons feeding the people.

 

Όταν κλέβεις το κράτος είναι παράνομο. Όταν σε κλέβει αυτό είναι … νομοσχέδιο.

When you steal from the state it is called illegal. When the state steals from you it is called… a law.

 

Πώς κλείνεται το ρήμα πτωχεύω; Εγώ πτωχεύω, εσύ κερδίζεις, αυτός πλουτίζει, εμείς πεινάμε, εσείς τα τρώτε, αυτοί μας πηδ**ε!

How is the verb ‘to go bankrupt’ conjugated? I go bankrupt, you win, he gets rich, we are starving, you are eating, they ‘fu** us’.

 

I am free to do whatever they want.

(source: www.piperies.gr)

No bill, no money

New upcoming law in Greece!

When restaurants, cafés, shops will not give a receipt when you ask for it, or even when you don’t ask for it, will get in trouble. This heavily discussed law gives the right to the Greeks to refuse to pay if they do not get any receipt for whatever they buy or consume.

Opinions

Young women:

“Why does the government want to push the hard work in the hands of the citizens? Have they ever thought of the fights that can be created between business owners and clients? Why don’t they finally start the hard work themselves by checking the business?

Restaurant owner:

“Who can guarantee that some people will come to my restaurant having from the beginning the idea of not paying? For example, if I give a client a receipt and he makes it disappear in order to claim that he didn’t get a receipt, what will I do then? Who will protect me from people who will try to abuse this law?”