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Hi, everybody! In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases for Christmas in Greece and some valuable cultural tips.
In Greek, Christmas is called...
[slowly] Χριστούγεννα
Christmas is a special holiday with many unique customs.
Different regions have different customs. For instance, in some regions, people decorate ships instead of Christmas trees. For most people, however, it means celebrating Christ's birth with family.
On Χριστούγεννα, or "Christmas Day," Greek people greet each other by saying Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
(slow) Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
It means "Merry Christmas!"
When you meet someone on Christmas day, be sure to greet them with this phrase.
Greek people celebrate the holiday with their own special events and customs. The most popular food to eat on Christmas is...
(slow) χριστόψωμο
It means "Christmas bread."
Christmas bread is specially prepared for enjoyment on this festive day.
It's made from ingredients like finely-sifted flour, rosewater, honey, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and cloves.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the words and repeat after me.
* beep
"Merry Christmas"
Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
* beep
Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
"Christmas bread"
* beep
Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact! How is Christmas in Greece different from Christmas in the rest of the Western world?
It's different because instead of Christmas Day, Santa Claus visits children on New Year's Day, also known as St. Basil’s Day in Greece. Godparents and relatives still give children gifts on Christmas day, so they can't complain!
You just learned about how Greek people celebrate Christmas and some important facts about the holiday.
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See you soon! Γεια χαρά!


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Thursday at 04:38 AM
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Hi Turiya!

They wish! Actually they receive their presents only on New Year's Day. Here's a video where you can learn more about Christmas in Greece:




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Sunday at 04:59 PM
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Wow! So, I guess greek children receive presents twice!!😁

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Γεια σου Herman!

Ευχαριστώ for your comment. Sorry about that. 😄

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Friday at 07:11 PM
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Nice timing...(It is January...😄)