Greek-American Stories: A Christmas Epiphany

Ilias Skandaliaris, 17, of Tarpon Springs, raises the cross in the air during Epiphany at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Orthodox Christian worshippers worldwide celebrated Epiphany, recovering crucifixes cast by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. Epiphany is held every year on Jan. 6 and marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas. Photo: (Tailyr Irvine/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

“Trees are more expensive this year,” Dimos told his friends at Dixon’s reaching for a donut.  John agreed, “we’re buying our tree today. They’re cheaper now, three days before Christmas. What about you, George?” “I believe trees are better off in the forest,” George reasoned. All heads turned toward Yiannis who nonchalantly munched on his donut. But George decided to interrogate him. “Well? Are you getting a tree or not, Yiannis?” Having little choice but to respond, Yiannis said, “Not …

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