Advent Calendar – December 2, 2010

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Holiday Foods

Did your family or ancestors serve traditional dishes for the holidays? Was there one dish that was unusual?

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  1. Andrea J

    Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories – Dec. 2 Holiday Foods Since I am only the second generation on 3 sides of my family and the third generation on the 4th side, our Christmas celebrations are filled with many traditions from our Polish Heritage. My favorite is Wigilia (vea lee a), the Christmas Eve Dinner. All foods are made with fish or non meat substitutes. In Poland the Wigilia begins when the first star is seen in the sky. The Oplatek (wafer used in Roman Catholic communion) is in the form of a rectangle with a Polish scene embedded in it. A piece is broken off and a wish and/or blessing spoken with the Oplatek making its way around the table so everyone can have a piece.

    Beet soup called Borscht or mushroom soup is usally served at the beginning of the meal. Gawomky – pigs in the blanket or stuffed cabbage rolls are made with dried imported mushrooms and wild rice instead of ground meats. Some families place hay under the table and/or table cloth as a reminder of where Jesus was born.

    The typical Polish holiday bread, Paszka is served. It is a sweet bread with cherries & raisins in the dough. The raisins remind us that we were living in the darkness of sin until Jesus came & was the “Baby who died on the cross”. The cherries represent His shed blood for our sins. The dough is sweet so we experience the words in the Psalms “O, taste and see that the Lord is good!”
    The meal ends with many Polish pastries such as Kruschicky (a thin dough tied in a knot, fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar), nut, poppy seed & apricot rolls, just to name a few.

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