Thursday, December 1, 2011

Countdown to a Polish Christmas

Christmas season is upon us, and Poland is rich with colourful seasonal traditions. This Advent-time, I will post a day-by-day guide to preparing an authentic Polish Christmas.

I will tell you about holy wafers, about hay under the tablecloth, about the famous, glittering Cracow nativities, the costumed carolers, the speaking animals, the first star,  szopkas, piernikis, and pierogis.

From red beet borscht to kutia pudding, if you follow along you will be able to celebrate Christmas Eve with the traditional twelve dishes.

And then we'll do some caroling.

Stay tuned!

359/365: Quiet Christmas Day
The Advent began last Sunday. Time to get busy!


  1. Although I am Czech, I think many of the traditions are the same. It will be a lot of fun to follow along on the blog!

    Thanks Madzia,

  2. This is my background concerning Polish Christmas:

  3. Kat, when my mum saw that, she was appalled. Kielbasa?? MEAT PIEROGIS? ON CHRISTMAS EVE???

    Never, never.

  4. After reading today's post about how Christmas Eve is treated as a fast, I can see why. Goofiness tends to trump accuracy in Veggie Tales' silly songs segments.

  5. The silly thing is all of these foods can be made without meat (except kiełbasa) and they are served meatless on Christmas Eve. On the other hand, faworki, like pączki, are a carnival treat.