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Barbara Rolek

Share Your Eastern European Christmas Memories

By December 16, 2012

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Polish Christmas Ornament Making
Polish Christmas Ornament Making
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I have such fond memories of Christmas Eve in my Polish family. Wigilia seemed to eclipse Christmas Day, with its beautiful Star Supper consisting of up to 13 meatless dishes, the oplatki, sighting the first star of the evening, telling fortunes, waiting to hear the animals talk at midnight. I still get the shivers thinking about it.

I make sure we still have a traditional wigilia. In this fast-paced, throw-away world of ours, I'm not willing to relinquish this tie with the Old World and my ancestors.

Won't you share your Eastern European Christmas stories? Was Christmas Eve or Christmas Day more important in your family? Did you have a meatless meal on Christmas Eve? Did you break a wafer? What were some of the traditional recipes prepared? Share your stories here.

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December 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(1) Leanne says:

Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories here. Even though I am a few generations removed from my Polish immigrant great grandmother, I still enjoy Wigilia and the foods on Christmas Eve.(Albeit on a smaller scale.) I’m hoping to pass them down to my own family someday.

December 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm
(2) barb.rolek says:

Thank you, Leanne. I’m getting for my Christmas Eve dinner with all the special dishes. I would love to invite you over!

December 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm
(3) barb.rolek says:

Thanks, Leanne! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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