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Maria Menounos's Greek Christmas
The TV Host Comes Home to Mama's House for a Family Feast
The day after, the expansive family ("40 first cousins") would go from home to home for leftovers. "Dinner at one house, coffee at another, dessert—baklava, kourabiethes [sugar cookies] and finikia [honey cookies]—at another."
Now living in Los Angeles, Menounos, who also contributes to the Today show and NBC Nightly News, admits that her celebrations are considerably smaller. Still, she is preparing to carry on the traditions—in a somewhat untraditional manner. "When my mom is making something I don't know how to make, I film her, step by step. I have these tapes logged, so if I ever want to make these dishes I can play the video." She often hosts Thanksgiving or Christmas, both for her parents, who now live in Connecticut, and for friends who can't make it home. "It's always nice whether it is big or small," says Menounos. "The feast is the same because we definitely cook for double the amount. That is the only way we know how to do it."
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