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Christmas – Boże Narodzenie here in Poland :)

Midnight Mass, the Christmas Tree, carol singing, the giving of presents – these are all traditions which we have in Poland.

And what’s exactly?

Wigilia (Christmas Eve) Wigilia (pr. Veegeeleea) is the most sacred day in Poland’s yuletide calendar, culminating in the breaking of the ‘oplatek’ blessed wafer and sharing holiday wishes with loved ones, often a deeply emotional moment.

Christmas Day itself is spent in rest, prayer, and visits to various members of the family.

The central element of Wigilia (The Vigil) is a twelve course dinner without meat, the number of dishes symbolizing both the months of the year and the twelve apostles.  Items that would normally be included in a traditional Wigilia menu include mushroom soup, boiled potatoes (kartofle), pickled herring (sledzie), fried fish, pierogi, beans and sauerkraut (groch i kapusta), a dried fruit compote, babka, platek, assorted pastries, nuts and candies.

A lighted candle in the windows symbolizes the hope that the Godchild, in the form of a stranger, may come to share the Wigilia and an extra place is set at the table for the unexpected guest. This belief stems from the ancient Polish adage, “A guest in the home is God in the home.”

A dash of hay is placed on the table, recalling the manger, and the celebration begins when the first star appears in the sky.

Oplatek –  Before the banquet begins, pieces of  ‘oplatek’ are handed around, and prayers are said. Thoughts turn to those members of the family who are not present, and an intensely reflective atmosphere takes hold.

The tradition of oplatek took off during the nineteenth century when many Polish families were separated, most famously after waves of patriots were dispatched to Siberia for rising up against Russian rule. Blessed wafers were sent to relatives in exile and divided families held parallel observances. Although an oplatek is inexpensive today, they often come imprinted with beautiful seasonal imagery. In the countryside, farm animals are also given oplatek as it was they who first greeted the baby Jesus. On this night, it’s believed that the goodly animals talk in human voices.

Choinka (The Christmas Tree) we are very much attached to the Christmas tree tradition..

Pasterka (Midnight Mass) With all the banqueting and present-giving out of the way, most Poles head to church for Pasterka. Carols (Koledy) are sung before the mass itself begins, and the service is a spirited occasion that’s full of energy.

May Christ bless you with all the happiness and success you deserve! I wish you  Merry Christmas 🙂 !!!

   

there are pieces of my Christmas tree 🙂

 

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something about wedding traditions in Poland

 

 

Something about me.. I and my fiancé planning to get married  in April 🙂

In connection to this our BIG day I want to add on blog some wedding preparations posts, but I think that it is also important to say something about wedding traditions in Poland 🙂

all the pictures are from my best friend wedding 🙂

 The wedding is one of the most important family celebrations.

1. First there is the engagement period called “Oświadczyny” or “Zaręczyny” The engagement ceremony comes before the wedding. The engagement is usually a small ceremony that takes place in the house of the parents or parents in law (either the bride or the groom). Many times this is a time when in-laws meet each other the first time.

2. And the great day finally arrives. Often the marriage is celebrated on Saturday afternoon.

groom & bride

The groom comes to take the bride in her residence. He is accompanied by his parents, his witness, often a photographer is charged to film and photograph all the ceremony, and by an orchestra, with the obligatory accordion, which guides it with the Polish traditional music to the door of residence of the bride. There, the bride accompanied by her witness, the parents and the guests await them. The grooms “are then blessed” by their parents – in other words they receive the authorization from the parents and they tell them about the responsibilities of the marriage, etc It is beautiful, it is moving, but it should be seen because as it is difficult to explain.

3. And now it is time to leave for the church. Always accompanied by the orchestra, the grooms take the road in their car, but not so quickly, because it is probable that the road will be barred. By neighbors who ask “to pay” to let leave the grooms! “The price thus should be negotiated” – One or two bottles vodka for the adults, a candy sachet or chocolates for the children, and the barrier opens. But attention, it is possible that other barriers can installed – thus it is necessary “to pay” again, or to seek another road (if it exists and if it is not barred). Once these difficulties are overcome, the group can finally take the road for the church.

4. The ceremony of marriage starts. It is almost the same as in all the other countries: the grooms say themselves “yes” and exchange alliances, the marriage is concluded. After the exit of the church, the young grooms accept want them and the flowers (and gifts), the priest, the parents and the witnesses first of all, then the nearest family, and the friends. The guests throw them rice (or sometimes coins which must be gathered by the grooms) on the grooms – it is an old, that must bring them chance in their new life and richness. It is also current to make fly away the pigeons by the grooms.

5. Then all the guests go to party room which will become for this evening ‘the house of the marriage”. Grooms are welcomed at the door by their parents with bread (which should be embraced), salt, a glass of vodka that they have to drink a drop and brake the grass symbolically – all that must bring happiness to them. The ceremony of reception is very important, because it symbolizes the reception with the door of a new life, a new family, which must be rich and happy, and it also means that the parents accept from this moment the wife and husband of their child, who becomes now also their child.

6. The groom takes his wife in his arms and brings her inside. It is also an old tradition, formerly having for objective to protect the bride from the demons being able to await it the door, today symbolizing the attention paid to the young woman by her young husband. Without forgetting the orchestra, all the time there, all this occurs with music.

First toast and song called “Sto lat” which literally translated means “one hundred years”. Sto Lat, usually is sung by the guests that signifies 100 years of good health for the bride and groom.

7. Once everyone is inside the room, the guests take their place the party starts. It is generally leaded by a professional organizer and the music live – is ensured by the orchestra. First of all, the tradition. Thus the tables are already filled with varied and delicious dishes, (which will remain during all the party on the tables and which will be eaten by guests constantly, between the dances and the games. Often, at the beginning some hot dishes are served, and some of other cooked dishes a little later. Meanwhile, the guests delight themselves with the cold dishes (salads, meats, fish), with the fruits, cakes… Thus all the night is devoted to fun: music, dances, plays and toasts – to the health of the young grooms, their witnesses, their parents, etc, etc (of which several requests from the guests that vodka “is sweetened” by the young grooms – thus with each request a strong kiss is necessary!).

8.Here is the main cake of the party that arrives! The couple of young grooms cut together the first part of the cake, which will be then distributed among the guests.

9. At midnight, it is time to take off the veil of the bride who is then launched by the young woman – moment awaited by the unmarried invited young women! The young groom launches his tie – this time the unmarried young men have their chance. And, the party continues, continues, continues.  …….    🙂

day of SANTA CLAUS :)

Yesterday,  Santa Claus gave the presents to kind and polite children … 😀 do you get one? 😉

My childhood memories:

* Santa Claus ALWAYS left presents under pillows  – in bed where children was sleeping…

* my happiness because of present was unimaginable 🙂 And I can’t say that i was always polite and kind and perfect child 😉 Santa Claus never forget about me …. 🙂

There are some pictures with Santa Claus – it’s from the party which was in my father job and it was organized for children of  workers.. That’s a laugh – 20 years later :):):):):)

where I am?? hmm… ? I just look like a boy 😀

with a BIG bow knots in my hairs 🙂

with father …

with my brother and so straight fringe … 😀

 

 

christmas star, ribbon, cinnamon bark and strobile :)

kind of Christmas wreath 🙂

all too soon for making Christmas preparation… ????

now – November

one month and we will have Christmas, it is too early for even think about celebrating?  NOOOOOOOO

Last year my patients taught me  how to make a ball – CHRISTMAS BALL – using only ribbon, pins and styrofoam ball 🙂 it’s  easy but it take up a lot of time – it usually depend on sizes of ball and experience 🙂

it can be perfect and unique gift for your friends 🙂 it can be beautiful decoration of Christmas tree or home…

I am addicted to ribbon Christmas ball, and I am certain if you try you also will be addicted with me:)

some pictures.. 🙂

 

 

 

hurry up..

The beginning of November in my country is always marked with the lights of candles burning in graveyards. The first and second day of this month is the time when we stream to the cemeteries to decorate the graves with flowers and to light the flames. The lights commemorate deceased relatives and friends…

Hurry up
Hurry up to love people, they pass away so fast
Only shoes and silent telephone remains
Only what is trivial lags like a cow
The most important is so beautiful that occurs suddenly
Afterwards natural silence therefore unbearable
Like purity born straightforward from distress
When we think about someone, remaining without them

Don’t be sure that you still have time, because certainty is vague
It takes away compassion like any joy
It comes simultaneously with pathos and humour
Like two passions still weaker than one
They go away fast like thrush falling silent in July
Like sound a bit awkward or emotionless bow
To see decently they close their eyes
Though greater risk is to be born than to die
We still love too little and always too late

Don’t write about it often but once and forever
and you will be like a dolphin gentle and powerful

Hurry up to love people, they pass away so fast
And those who perish, not always return
And we never know talking about love,
Is the first the last, or is the last the first?

Jan Twardowski

                                                                                               

This is an unusual time, when you can pause during the everyday fuss and rush and think about the sense and direction of your life.

…I just like the look of the lighted graveyards in the evening…

 

a beautiful indian? (in Poland GOLD) autumn :)

This year we have a wonderful autumn 🙂 The sun is shinning almost all days, we have foggy mornings like in England and we forgot about last year autumn weather – cold and rainy.. that’s it what you call life 🙂 even October can be a positive month..

oooo and it’s the walnut tree in my garden – without leafs – after first frost

What’s new in my life? I have started to take part in course about  children. I have a hope it will be useful for rehabilitation with them. I am certain that it is useful for every future mother, aunt or grandmother so it isn’t wasting time 😉

The main rule when you are a children parent or carer: USE:

      AND      

where heart means LOVE

and whip means responsibility, consistency, determination

It’ s so simple and common – everyone knows it but not everyone put it into practice…