A Perfect Polish Christmas

Want to have the most perfect Polish Christmas!? Look no further. |Alex Inspired

December 24th is one of the most important evenings in Polish Culture.

It is a night where spirituality, faith, magic and whimsy collide; awakening the mind, body and soul.

Christmas Eve is the moment where weeks of advanced preparation send heavenly kitchen aromas throughout the freshly cleaned house, stimulating a watch for the first evening star in the sky – indicating the Christmas Wigilia (Christmas Eve Vigil Supper) is ready to be served.

A perfect Polish Christmas Eve | Alex Inspired

As a family, we gather together at a beautifully set table accentuated with:

  • A pure white table cloth – representing the purity of Jesus
  • Hay or straw beneath the white cloth, reminding us of where Jesus was born
  • Opłatek – a thin wafer to be shared amongst members of the table
  • A vacant chair and place setting, in preparation of an unexpected visitor’s arrival

Together we break bread (opłatek), wishing one another happiness, joy, health and prosperity for the year to come.

The Perfect Polish Christmas, Sharing oplatek | Alex Inspired

A traditional Polish Wigilia consists of a 12-7 course meal, with no meat. Our family being a mix of both Polish culture and Irish-Scots decent opts for variation meal– complete with turkey, but not missing the traditional delicious basics!

After dinner, we gather and head to mass. Here we sing traditional Carols (kolędy), bump into acquaintances and prepare for the continuation of Christmas Celebrations… which include opening presents and merriment (vodka).

The Perfect Polish Christmas Eve - Mass at St. Mary Our Lady Queen of Poland Church, Thunder Bay | Alex Inspired

A Perfect Polish, incomplete without Vodka and Polish Chocolate | Alex Inspired

Checklist, for your Perfect Polish Christmas Table:

  • Polish Pottery or Stoneware
  • White Table Cloth or runner
  • Hay or Straw (Thank you so much to Susie for always helping our family with this)
  • Kolędy for dinner music (For the merriment later on, I love GOLEC uORKIESTRA – especially their version of Wsród nocnej ciszy)
  • Candles
  • Opłatek
  • Extra Place Setting

From my Family to yours, Merry Christmas – Wesołych Świąt!

xo – Alex

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