My family has celebrated Christmas eve with Oplatek with the tradition of Wigillia for as long as I can remember. I can remember sitting at my grandmother's table and we all had a small amount of whiskey in a shot glass just enough to touch our lips while the adults toasted.at the end of the meal . We don't do whiskey anymore just a nice bottle of wine. My grown kids love these traditions.
On Oct 31, 2011, at 7:16 PM, Debbie Greenlee wrote:
> Now is the time to start planning for your Polish Christmas eve.
> It's also a good time to finish up shopping for your friends and
> relatives in Poland to whom you'll be sending (soon) a Christmas package.
> One of the easiest Polish traditions to keep is the sharing of
> opl~atek (opl~atki). Opl~atek is a rectangular wafer (similar to Holy
> Communion) which is shared with everyone at your Christmas eve
> Wigilia. (Google the words/traditions you don't understand.)
> Even if you don't plan on having a traditional Wigilia, you can still
> share an opl~atek. In fact, you can send them in your Christmas cards!
> A "store" I recommend for opl~atki is the "Polish American Journal"
> monthly newspaper. I prefer ordering my opl~atki from the PAJ because
> I feel the prices are right and the shipping is cheap.
> The PAJ also sells Christmas cards with Polish themes and as a bonus,
> they are printed in Polish and English.
> It wouldn't hurt to check-out the rest of the Christmas items, books,
> CD's and other gifts sold by the PAJ.
> I do not receive any remuneration from the PAJ.
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