Most people around the world equate Santa Claus with Saint Nicholas. But what about Saint Basil bearing gifts?
Many mainstream symbols and traditions that we have come to identify with Christmas have Greek and Christian roots.
We all know the Kalanta, but where did the word for these songs come from? Kalanta are the Greek carols sung at Christmas and at New Year’s. There are different versions for each of those days. Traditionally, children, with no accompaniment or simply a triangle, sing them. Children would go from house to house and sing the Kalanta, however, in the diaspora, the Kalanta are now often sung at…
Perhaps you have heard of this uniquely Greek legend of the Kallikantzari – the evil Christmas elves.
Who can resist a sweet treat? Surely, you’re already dreaming about all the goodies that await you this Christmas.
Many years ago, Mrs. Amy Sallas of Skokie, IL passed along this recipe for traditional Greek Christmas bread.
St. Stephanos is celebrated every year on December 27. Learn more about the saint, and a new tradition to start at home.
Welcome Father Sotirios P. Malamis, who helps us to understand Epiphany, also known as Theophany — it’s meaning, why we celebrate it and more, to help us to gain a greater appreciation for our Faith. By: Reverend Father Sotirios P. Malamis Lessons in the Faith For the majority of Orthodox Christians, Christmas and Epiphany are thought to be two separate major feasts of our Church that reveal…
In different regions of Greece, there are different customs and traditions, and Christmas is no exception.
St. Nicholas Day is December 6. How will you celebrate? Courtesy: Adventures of an Orthodox Mom Pretty soon, we’ll be polishing our shoes to leave at the front door for St. Nicholas to fill with goodies. Can you believe we’re halfway through the fast already? St. Nicholas’ Shoes Every year on the eve of St. Nicholas, we go to Vespers and then come home and the boys…
Floral Designer and Accessories Specialist Mary Mazzeffi gives us some ideas, tips, and tricks to add some zing to this year’s holiday decor.