Christmas is the most important time in Poland and the most traditional one. What is the most important we celebrate it two days when it is a public holiday for everyone.
Poles do not really start celebrating Christmas until Christmas Eve, but then the Christmas season in Poland finishes much later than in America. The Christmas season in Poland starts with the end of Advent (Christmas Eve) and finishes with Candlemas on Feb. 2.
The custom of gift giving can be a little confusing, especially for children, since St. Nicholas / Santa Claus gives presents approximately three weeks before Christmas. So who is responsible for the gifts received on Christmas Eve In the region of Lesser Poland and in Silesia ( where I permanently live), it is the baby Jesus or his messenger, a small angel, that brings the presents and, since they are invisible, their presence is signaled by the ringing of a bell. The children are supposed to remain silent during Christmas Eve dinner so that the gift givers would not be afraid to enter the house.
For Poles, Christmas Eve ( 24th December) is a night of magic when animals are said to talk and people have the power to predict the future. For Poles, Christmas Eve is a night of magic when animals are said to talk and people have the power to predict the future. It’s a time for families to gather and reconcile any differences, and to remember loved ones who have gone before them.
It’s a time for families to gather and reconcile any differences, and to remember loved ones who have gone before them.
But traditions at my home are different because I come from family who were born in America and France and lived in different continents.
What traditions do you have? It is very interesting....