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.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POLISH CHRISTMAS WAFER TRADITION and other Polish Christmas customs, CLICK HERE.
(6¼ x 3½ in.)
3 White and 1 Pink wafer
in decorative envelope
(shown) depicting wigilia with
explanation on back
Shown larger than actual size for clarity.
WESOLYCH SWIAT / MERRY CHRISTMAS
Old-style stickers available while supplies last. Limited quantity. Will be substituted with new style when supply runs out.
sheet of 16
WESOLYCH SWIAT APRON AND TOWEL
A great gift for the Polish chef in your family!
Embroidered design on apron and hanging kitchen towel says
“Wesolych Swiat,” Polish for “Merry Christmas.”
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) $8.50 each.
DETAIL OF EMBROIDERY ON WESOLYCH SWIAT (Polish for “Merry Christmas”) COTTON APRON — Item 2-269
WESOLYCH SWIAT (Polish for “Merry Christmas”)
HANGING KITCHEN HAND TOWEL — Item 2-70
A POLISH CHRISTMAS EVE
by Rev. Dr. Czeslaw Krysa, S.T.L., one of the world’s top scholars on Polish holiday traditions
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
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.
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.
TREASURED POLISH CHRISTMAS
CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS
This fascinating book is overflowing with the customs and traditions of the Polish Christmas holiday season, as it was and still is observed in Poland. This book contains a charming Story of Christmas and provides menus and recipes, carols and music, Jasełka, the Nativity Play and tree ornaments. The authentic decorations are patterns with detailed instructions for reproducing. The book is a great resource for ethnic studies. It is delightful reading not only for Christmas but throughout the whole year. Colorful reproductions of Stryjeńska's art beautifully illustrate the book. An excellent gift!
208 pp., hc
4-inch blown glass
wycinanki ball ornament
7.4-inch blown glass
traditional St. Nicholas ornament
KOLEDY SING-ALONG BOOK
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
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!
CHRISTMAS SWEAT- and T-SHIRTS
Three Christmas designs available on:
(S-XXL) $49.95 each
Crew Neck Sweatshirt
S-XXL $39.95 each
Long Sleeve Universal Fit Tees
S-XL $21.95 each
XXL $23.95 each
See chart below for ordering options.
ALL shirts available in the following:
Wesolych Swiat Szopka
NO RETURNS ON SWEATSHIRTS,
HOODIES, OR T-SHIRTS
WE WILL ONLY REPLACE SHIRTS
WITH MANUFACTURING ERRORS THAT WE MAY
HAVE MISSED PRIOR TO FINAL INSPECTION
PLEASE DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR OPTIONS BEFORE PLACING ORDER.
Wesolych Swiat / Merry Christmas
Lulajze, Jezuniu w/ lyrics
OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA and JOHN PAUL II
WOOD HEIRLOOM EGG ORNAMENTS
Hand-decorated Birchwood Christmas ornaments from Poland.
$14.95 each. A beautiful heirloom gift.
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Image of Poland’s most sacred icon, Our Lady of Czestochowa
John Paul II Christmas
Back features Pope’s quote from the Bible that initiated his papacy:
“Be Not Afraid”