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 OPLATEK (Polish Christmas Wafer)

A must for your Christmas table.

OPLATEK (Polish Christmas Wafer) Keep this beautiful tradition  alive in your family! Practice the ancient Polish custom of sharing the Christmas wafer with family and guests. Many people place a piece of oplatek in each Christmas Card they mail. Each Polish Christmas Wafer is embossed with religious scene. Large oplatki come in decorative envelope, with explanation of custom on back.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POLISH CHRISTMAS WAFER TRADITION and other Polish Christmas customs, CLICK HERE.

LARGE OPLATKI  (6 x 3 in.)
 3 White and 1 Pink wafer
in decorative envelope
explanation on back
$5.00

 

SMALL OPLATKI (2 x 3 in.)
5 individual wafers,
each wrapped in a glassine
(waxed paper) envelope
$3.00

 

 WESOLYCH SWIAT  CHRISTMAS STICKERS

Sw. Mikolaj sticker based on painting by Winterski.
  • 1” x 2” self-adhering stickers for presents, Christmas
    cards, Postcards, home-made notes, school projects, etc.
  • $5.00 a sheet plus $1.00 postage & handling
  • 20 stickers to a sheet
  • Proceeds benefit Catholic Orphanage in Bialoleka, near Warsaw, Poland and Polish American Journal Press Fund
  • Funds administered by Polish American Assistance Association of Detroit, Mich.

WESOLYCH SWIAT /
MERRY CHRISTMAS
STICKERS

Old-style Christmas Stickers -- while supplies last!

Old-style stickers available while supplies last. Limited quantity. Will be substituted with new style when supply runs out. $4.00 for
sheet of 16
.

Shown larger than actual size for clarity. Image of Sw. Mikolaj by Polish illustrator Leonard Winterowski (1886 - 1927).

EASTER EGG WOOD ORNAMENT

Enjoy the beauty of Polish craftsman ship

Hand-decorated
Birchwood Polish
Easter Egg
$5.95 each .
Imported from Poland
Styles vary. Will not ship identical eggs if buying more than one.
A great stocking-stuffer!
Item 1-1502

 

BRASS 3-D POLISH EAGLE

Made of solid brass!

According to Polish legend, a white eagle, despite being severely wounded by dagger cuts, bravely fought off Lech, the first Duke of Poland, in his attempt to take an eaglet from its nest to train it for falconry.

Lech so admired the eagle’s courage and determination, he designated it become Poland’s symbol, an status to this very day.

Designed to hand flat iin a window or twisted into a 3-dimensional ornament as shown, it can be twisted many times if care if taken to reverse the twists when closing.

Made in the United States.


Item 1-1501
3 1/2” high x 3” wide

$7.95 each.

 

 A POLISH CHRISTMAS EVE BOOK

by Rev. Dr. Czeslaw Krysa, S.T.L.,
one of the world’s top scholars on Polish holiday traditions

Softcover
300 pages, 8.25 x 10.75"
Black and white illustrations by
Alice Wadowski Bak
Music (lead line and chords) with Polish lyrics with English translations, Item 2-648
$26.95

 

Even of you are not Polish, the celebration of the Christmas season — and especially of Christmas Eve — in this book is a treat. Learn to make folded paper stars, eggnog, and traditional Polish dishes. Learn all about the Wigilia, or Christmas Eve dinner. Read stories and sing carols. Lots of photographs from Poland and Polish America homes.

Four weeks of preparation, called Advent, precede the Christmas season in Poland.  This is a time for recollection and for taking stock of one’s direction in life.

A Polish Christmas Eve by Rev. Czeslaw Krysa, S.T.L.

The Christmas season begins on December 25th and lasts until February 2nd: forty days set aside to celebrate Christ’s birth.  Nativity scenes and Christmas trees grace churches and homes throughout this joyful season.

The high point of the entire year happens on Christmas Eve when families serve an ancient ritual meal, called the Vigil Supper: and intimate evening celebration, Poland’s joyous treasure, a true living heirloom.

The meal begins after a day of fasting, when the youngest child in the family sights the first star in the sky.  At the family table under a white tablecloth lies a thin layer of hay as a reminder that Christ was born in a stable.  Tradition holds that an even number of places are set at the table, with one reserved for Christ, or any stranger who may be far away from home on this important night.

Before eating, all present share the Christmas wafer, a symbol of familial unity.   All hard feelings from the past year are forgotten, all transgessions are forgiven and good wishes for the coming year are exchanged.

The menu is always meatless in the spirit of preparation forthe fullness of Christmas Day.

The customs of the Christmas Eve Vigil Supper anticipate the most joyful family season of the year. The Vigil Supper open the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 25th to January 6th), initiating a festive season lasting in Poland, until the Presentation of the Lord among them, recalling the birth of a Child in a barn to parents of little means.

In the words of a Polish carol, Christ came to this earth "In the night’s stillness". A warm embrace welcomes each family member home on Christmas Eve to celebrate in time-honored ritual and tradition of the Vigil Supper, which stills the heart and comforts the anxious spirit.  Jesus literally comes home to celebrate the festival of our salvation at the family table.

This book is a quick and easy reference, step-by-step guide and international collection of folklore, stories, recipes, carols and decorations with never before published photos and black and white illustrations, glossary, pronunciation guide, and a regional map of Poland.

 KOLEDY SING-ALONG BOOK

A great way to learn the words and lyrics to our most popular carols!

WORDS AND MUSIC! Now you can sing-along to 37 of the most popular Polish Christmas Carols. This 90-page spiral-bound books contains the words and music plus English translations that can be substituted for the Polish ones. Published by the Fr. Justin Rosary Hour in 2003, the book also contains a message from the Rosary Hour director, an explanation (in Polish and English) of Polish Carols by the late Msgr. John R. Gabalski of St. Stanislaus Parish in Buffalo, N.Y., plus Pope John Paul II words about the importance of koledy to the Polish nation. Thirty-seven songs in all, including “Aniol Pasterzom Mowil” (“Shepherds Heard the Angels Say”), “Bog Sie Rodzi” (“God is Born”); “Bracia, Patrzcie Jeno” (“Look the Heaven, Brethren!”); “Dzisiaj w Betlejem” (“Today in Bethlehem”); “Oj Maluski” (“Oh My Little One”), and many more!

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Kolednik Domowy Christmas Caroler
With Music and Lyrics
in Poland and English
Published by the
Fr. Justin Rosary Hour at $7.00
Item 1-657 PAJ Price: $5.00

 


 WESOLYCH SWIAT APRON AND TOWELS

A great gift for the Polish chef in your family!
Embroidered design on apron and hanging kitchen towels say
“Wesolych Swiat” (Polish for “Merry Christmas”) with Christmas Tree design.
100% Cotton apron featuring two pockets. Red cloth with stitched lettering and design.
One size fits all! $20.00 each.
Hanging towels are available in several designs. Useful and attractive.
Red with white towel (red cloth may vary) $9.50 each.

Detail of embroidery on "Wesolych Swiat" apron

WESOLYCH SWIAT (Polish for “Merry Christmas”) with TREE
COTTON APRON
Item 2-269
$20.00

 

Detail of stitching on "Wesolych Swiat" kitchen hand towel

WESOLYCH SWIAT (Polish for “Merry Christmas”)
with TREE KITCHEN HAND TOWEL — Item 2-270
$9.50

 

MANY MORE APRONS AND TOWELS AVAILABLE, INCLUDING “POLISH
CHICK,” “I LOVE PIEROGI,” “STO LAT” ETC.


Don’t forget these other great Christmas and gift ideas ...

 2017 POLAND SCENIC WALL CALENDAR

2017 Polish Wall Calendar
displaying scenic photography
from Poland.

Calendar features:

  • Weekdays & Months in
    Polish & English
  • Male and Female Polish Name
    Days (called imieniny in Polish)
  • Polish and US Holidays
  • Week order beings on Sunday,
    ends on Saturday
  • Moon phases
  • 13 images
    Measures 11" x 11"

1-2 calendars: $14.95 each
3-4 calendars: $13.46 each
5 or more calendars: $12.71 each

IMPORTANT!
ENTER the number of calendars
you wish to purchase
in your shopping cart. New
window for cart will
open when order is placed.

BE SURE TO HIT UPDATE!


Example of calendar format
2017 Poland Scenic Wall Calendar
Photos of Polish gardens, castles, cottages, and natural wonders

Quantity
 

 TRADITIONAL STRAW ORNAMENTS

660-127

Christmas Straw Ornaments - Set of 20 pieces & Wicker Basket

In Poland, the making of ornaments with straw dates back to the time when the only available materials for decorations were those that were found on the farm. During the beginning of the Christmas season, village folk would decorate homes creatively and ornately using straw, paper, yarn, and cloth ornaments. This set of ornaments are based on traditional Polish straw ornaments held together by red string.

These ornaments are very different from the majority of modern Christmas decorations, and are a unique addition to any Christmas Tree. The ornament designs include wreaths, reindeer figures, pine cone shapes, and bell shapes. The ornaments come nicely packaged in a wicker basket.

Straw products are based on traditional Polish folk designs however, in order to offer them at an affordable price levels, they are manufactured in China.

Set of 20 Straw Ornaments
Ornaments measure approx: 2.4"
Wicker Basket measures 7.9" L x 7.9" W x 1.6" H
Item 660-127
$22.95


 


660-112

Christmas Straw Ornament - Large Star Style # B, 11 inches

In Poland, the making of ornaments with straw dates back to the time when the only available materials for decorations were those that were found on the farm. During the beginning of the Christmas season, village folk would decorate homes creatively and ornately using straw, paper, yarn, and cloth ornaments.

This 12-sided star/snowflake ornament is based on traditional Polish straw ornaments held together by string. The ornament is very different from the majority of modern Christmas decorations, and is a unique addition to any Christmas Tree.

Straw products are based on traditional Polish folk designs however, in order to offer them at an affordable price levels, they are manufactured in China.

1 Large Star Ornament per package
Ornament measures: 11" Diameter
Item 660-112
$12.95

 


Straw Reindeer

Set of 6 Straw Reindeer

In Poland, the making of decorations with straw dates back to the time when the only available materials for decorations were those that were found on the farm. During the beginning of the Christmas season, village folk would decorate homes creatively and ornately using straw, paper, yarn, and cloth ornaments.

These small reindeer shaped decorations are based on traditional Polish straw decorations and held together by red string.

Straw products are based on traditional Polish folk designs however, in order to offer them at an affordable price levels, they are manufactured in China.

6 Figures per package measuring approx: 2.4"
Cardboard Box measures 7.5" L x 2.75" W x 1.0" H

Item 660-126
$14.95

 

  HAND BLOWN GLASS ORNAMENTS

Hand Blown Krakow Creche

Cracovian Creche. This beautifully hand-crafted glass ornament is styled in the traditions of European mouth blown glass. This high quality ornament is an exquisitely detailed work of art that preserve the centuries-old tradition of Polish folk handcraft. Hand-blown and hand decorated by Polish artisans, every ornament is a collector's item inspired by Cracow's architecture and traditions representing the Krakow Nativity Scene.

Krakow Nativity Scene is an exceptional phenomenon in the world scale. Its design was formed in nineteenth-century Cracow among bricklayers and construction workers, seeking additional earnings during the fall-winter period. The custom of preparing the creche during the Christmas season descends from the worship of the Bethlehem crib and is known among Christian nations from immemorial times. Proliferation of Christ birth mystery is credited to St. Francis from Assisi. In Poland this custom is called "Jasełka" and was firstly introduced by Franciscan Convent in 13th Century. Typical Cracow creche is inspired by local architecture and traditions. We can, therefore, admire these minimized beautiful Cracow buildings that are fabulously coloured and mixed together according to creators fantasies. The most common motives are Mariacki church towers, Barbakan, Florians Gates or Zygmunt Chapel. Creche makers very often link their creations to Cracow legends. Many times you can encounter Wanda or Wawelski Dragon near Holy Trinity, Virgin Marry or other common characters such as Kings, Devils, or Angels.

Measures approximately:
 3.75"L x 1.5"W x 7.8"H

Comes with a wooden keepsake box:
6.5"L x 11.25"W x 2.9"H

Handmade in Poland

 


Lowicz Pattern Glass Ball Ornament

4-inch Lowicz Pattern Ball
This beautifully hand-crafted glass ornament is styled in the traditions of European mouth blown glass. This high quality ornament is an exquisitely detailed work of art that preserve the centuries-old tradition of Polish folk handcraft. Hand-blown and hand decorated by Polish artisans, every ornament is a collector's item inspired by Polish traditions representing the floral folk art. The ornament showcases traditional flowers and leaves, painted with fine glitter in vibrant colors. The whole design is adorned with colored Lowicz floral pattern. This gorgeous design is inspired by the art of Wycinanki (Polish Paper Cutting), where vibrantly colored paper is cut to create masterful motifs of the imagination.

Measures approximately 4"Diameter — Made in Poland
Item 570520 — $29.95

 

  IMPORTED GREETING CARDS

PCS-703

Christmas Cards - Traditional with 3-D Star, Set of 4

Traditional Christmas cards with a 3-D Star of Bethlehem pop-up on the inside. The set includes a variety of different designs, singles or multiples of each for 4 cards total. Printed on the inside of every card is a Polish language Christmas greeting. Mailing envelopes are included. Very nice, traditional selection. Set of cards is a variety and may not include cards exactly as pictured.

Cards Measure: 4.6" x 6.5"
Item PCS703
$14.95

 


PCS-722

Christmas Cards - Religious, Set of 5 with envelopes

Each card is different and each card is special. Printed on the inside of every card is a Polish language Christmas greeting. Mailing envelopes are included. Very nice, religious selection. Set of cards is a variety and may not include cards exactly as pictured.

Item PCS722
Cards Measure: 4.7" x 6.5"
Made in Poland
$13.95

 

  CHRISTMAS SHIRTS

Polish Christmas T-shirts

Wesolych Swiat
T-Shirt in Red
928USS

Cravovian Creche
T-Shirt in Blue
928USS

Lullabye Jesus
T-Shirt in White
928USS

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  RESIN RELIGIOUS FIGURINES

435177
435178
435179

Virgin Mary
Our Lady of Grace
7 inch

This glorious resin statue of Our Lady of Grace is beautifully hand-painted with soft tones and rich golden accents. Adorned in a long flowing garb and a red ribbon sash, the Virgin Mary has her hands open and outstretched in a welcoming gesture to shower grace upon the faithful who would ask for her help. Underneath her feet is the snake, a symbol of the victory over Satan through the life and resurrection of her Son, Jesus Christ. Designed with exquisite detail, the Our Lady of Grace statue makes a wonderful inspirational gift for Confirmation, a graduate, newlyweds, or for a mother.

The most well-known representation of Our Lady of Grace is featured on the Miraculous Medal as revealed to St. Catherine Laboure. On the front side of the Miraculous Medal Mary, as Mediatrix, is pictured with the rays of grace streaming down from the jewels on Her fingers. On the reverse side of the Miraculous Medal, Her heart pierced with a sword, parallel to Her Son's heart crowned with thorns.

Statue Measures
2” L x 2.1” W x
7.75" H
Item 435178
$19.95

Virgin Mary
Immaculate Heart
8 inch

This glorious resin statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is beautifully painted with soft tones, evoking a sense of calm and love. Adorned in a long flowing garb with green cape, the Virgin Mary holds hear hands up to her heart.

The Immaculate Heart is shown encircled by a crown of gold roses and flames on top representing her great sorrow or pain. Mary is a patroness of purity and conversion to God. Designed with exquisite detail, the Immaculate Heart of Mary statue makes a wonderful inspirational gift for Confirmation, a graduate, newlyweds, or for a mother.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Sacred Heart of Mary, is an image meant to invoke the inner strength and beauty of the Blessed Mother.

 She is traditionally depicted with Her heart pierced seven times, representing the seven sorrows or dolors. Roses wrap around Her heart as a symbol of Her enduring love and grace.

Statue Measures
2.25" L x 1.9" W x
7.9"H
Item 435177
$19.95

 

Virgin Mary
Our Lady of Lourdes
6 inch

Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes is hand-painted with white and blue finishes and rich golden accents. Adorned in a long flowing garb and a blue ribbon sash, the Virgin Mary holds her hands in prayer and stands on a brown base.

Our Lady first appeared to Bernadette at the Grotto of Massabielle, in Lourdes, France. She appeared many times after that, always dressed the same way. Word spread of the apparition but, no one else could see Our Lady except Bernadette.

To this day, it is said that the stream at Lourdes holds miraculous healing powers and the statue serves as a spiritual symbol and an icon of caring. Our Lady of Lourdes is a patroness of purity of mind, heart, body and soul.

Designed with exquisite detail, the Our Lady of Lourdes statue makes a wonderful inspirational gift for Confirmation, a graduate, newlyweds, or for a mother.

Statue Measures
1.75" L x 1.4" W x
5.9"H

Item 435176
$14.95

 

 


 HAND CARVED TRIPTYCH

11 x 10 Triptych

This 11" by 10" triptych is hand carved, so each one may differ slightly. Sides open and close, letting you choose when to display the beauty this piece of art has to offer. The center picture is of Mary and Jesus, the two outside pictures are of the Archangel Michael and Archangel Gabriel.

Item 700111
$59.95

 

 SILVER-PLATED ROSARY BOX

Silver Plated Rosary Box

Handcrafted by Polish metal smith artist, this round lime tree rosary box features a silver plated image of St. Joseph holding the baby Jesus. The main material of the artwork is copper fused with silver. This artistic religious fine art piece is handcrafted using traditional techniques and natural materials to emphasize the beauty of past design traditions.

Rosary Box measures: 2.75" D x 1.9" H

Item ARP465
$29.95

 

 SCENTED WOOD BEAD ROSARY

Scented Wooden Rosary from Poland

Rosaries come in all shapes and sizes, but few are as beautiful as this 17"L rosary made of wooden beads with a light floral scent. At the center is a metal image of the Blessed Virgin Mary on one side and the Jesus Christ on the other. Attached to the bottom of the wooden bead strand is a metal crucifix. The wooden beads have a beautiful reddish color. This rosary can be used for all your praying needs. Comes in a transparent plastic box with a metal rose on top.

For centuries, people have used rosaries as tools for prayer and meditation. Rosaries are comprised of a series of beads arranged on a chain or thread and each bead represents a single prayer. The first rosary beads were fashioned from actual rose petals, which exuded a heavenly scent, especially when warmed by the hands and fingers during prayer. The word Rosary means "Crown of Roses" and roses have been traditionally associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary, they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses. The rose is the queen of all flowers. That makes the Rosary the "Rose of all Devotions," and therefore, the most important devotion.

Scented Wooden Rosary with Metal Roses & Crucifix
Made in Poland
17 inch
Item A642
$24.95

 

 WOOD CHRISTMAS BUTTER MOLDS

Feasts and parties you host can have a new center of attention once you start molding your own butter with this wooden butter mold. Make fashionable butter cubes by simply putting butter in the mold and fold the sides. So simple, so ingenious. Each pyramidal block features a star of Bethlehem, a fish, a christmas tree and a candle with palm engraved in the mold, representing a christmas themed relief when butter mold is completed. Start your own tradition of butter molds just like they still do in Poland. This butter mold is especially nice for the Christmas celebrations. Please be sure to rinse this item well as sawdust might still be present in this authentic Polish creation.
 

Foldable Square Butter Mold

Foldable Christmas Square
Cube measures approximately 2.7" L x 2.7" W x 2.8" H
Item KOR110
$49.95

 

Oselka Butter Mold

Oselka Butter Mold
Mold measures approximately 5.0" L x 3.0" W x 1.25" H
Item KOR109
$29.95

 

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