New year resolutions are very easy to make and even easier to break, as many of us find come mid-January when we just can’t be bothered anymore. My Greek family are exceptionally proud of their own statement that they ALWAYS stay true to their word. But when it comes to resolutions, these are generally broken quicker than you can say OPA!
So will you be able to keep yours this year?
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TOP TEN (stereotypical) GREEK NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
1. GET FIT
If you can’t stay away from Yiayia’s leftover kourambiethes, get your groove on and dance away those extra pounds!
2. SPEND LESS
The Merc costs so much to run so maybe it’s time to prioritise the pennies…
3. DRINK LESS
Ouzo is NOT an essential part of every meal!
4. GO TO CHURCH MORE
Twice a year at Christmas and Easter won’t keep Yiayia happy.
5. BE HONEST
Stop telling people that your Yiayia still rides a donkey and confess to Uncle Jimmy that it was you who broke the tail light on his Mecendes.
6. GET MARRIED
Can you really make it through another year of proxenia?
7. TRAVEL TO NEW PLACES
Cyprus and the Greek islands are not the only places in the world to visit – broaden your horizons!
8. SPEND LESS TIME WITH THE FAMILY
Living, working and socialising with family members is great but it can also mean that YOU NEVER GET OUT! Make some time for yourself!
9. GET A JOB AWAY FROM THE FAMILY
Relying on the bank of Yiayia and Papou and/or working in the family restaurant will not gain you independence – see resolution number 8
10. SPEND MORE TIME WITH THE FAMILY
Ignore resolutions 8 and 9 and show your family how much you care by getting married / learning the bouzouki / going to church / becoming a doctor / naming your children after them / taking over their business and spreading the GREEK LOVE! OPA!