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22 Things All Greek Americans Experienced In Their Childhood

*Zorba the Greek plays in the distance*

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1. When you were always in the front to watch the parade on Greek Independence Day.

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2. When you got more gifts on your Name Day than you ever did for Christmas and birthdays combined.

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3. When you were in Church and couldn't take your eyes off the mesmerizing iconography on the ceilings.

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4. When you met with your massive family nearly every Sunday after service for a delicious feast.

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5. When your Yia-Yia and Pappou came to visit you from Greece and you got to spend some quality time with your best friends.

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6. When you were more excited to attend Greek School on a Saturday as opposed to regular school on a weekday.

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7. When you could never escape teachers mispronouncing your unique name.

If I had a dollar every time someone mispronounced my last name

8. When there was never a shortage of Koulourakia in the kitchen.

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9. When no Easter was complete without a gigantic lamb roasting in the backyard.

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10. When your parents covered your countertops with Pastitsio and Spanakopita during the Holiday season.

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11. When you miraculously got the coin in the Vasilopita on New Years.

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12. When you were traveling and got way too excited about running into a stranger who was potentially Greek.

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14. When your parents had a delicious glass of Greek Frappé waiting for you after did all of your chores.

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15. When you were a part of GOYA and got to kick some major ass for your church in different sports almost every week.

Last Richmond GOYA tournament with one of my best friends ever @eva__kat #greek #dealwithit

16. When you spent hours learning all of the best Greek folk dances as a child.

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17. When you knew there was a Greek festival approaching because you saw people setting up your favorite attractions in the church parking lot.

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18. When you got to volunteer at the same festival, which meant even more quality bonding time between you and your relatives.

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19. When you lost count of all the evil eye jewelry you owned because you were always getting new ones from your family.

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20. When only the best Greek folk music blared through your home at all hours of the day.

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21. When you went to so many Greek weddings that you forgot other people do celebrations differently.

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22. And when you visited Greece and had the opportunity to see where your relatives once lived many years ago.

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