English vs Greek Christmas Traditions

  • by XpatAthens
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2022
English vs Greek Christmas Traditions
This is totally tongue-in-cheek and based on wry humour and only a little bit of lazy xenophobia.

English Tradition: Complain about going to see the parents
Greek Tradition: Of course we'll be with the parents. But, what's the big deal, we see them every week anyway

English Tradition: Arrive hungover, eat until upright, and then pickle oneself horizontal again.
Greek Tradition: Arrive hungry, pick at everything while it's cooking, complain you're too full to eat, eat anyway, and then fall asleep in front of the telly

English Tradition:
Watch the Queen's speech
Greek Tradition: Complain about the pointlessness of the monarchy

English Tradition: Open presents before lunch
Greek Tradition: Open presents whenever curiosity gets the better of you, or just don't give them until New Year

English Tradition: Pork, pork, and more pork - glazed gammon, pork stuffing, bacon on the turkey
Greek Tradition: Chicken liver stuffing

English Tradition: Avoid an argument by getting drunk so you can pretend you don't remember it
Greek Tradition: Embrace the argument, add bells, whistles, and volume, then pack it away neatly for next year

English Tradition: Board games around an open fire
Greek Tradition: Boredom around a heap of foodstuffs

English Tradition: Pretending to hate Christmas so as to appear cool
Greek Tradition: Actually hating Christmas but pretending to enjoy it "for the children". Even when they're in their forties

Enjoy the holidays, everyone!