December 2019
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Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia! That is the way to say "Merry Christmas!" in Polish

Among Poles, wherever they are, the most beloved and beautiful of all traditional festivities is that of Christmas Eve. It is then that the Wigilia, or Christmas Eve Dinner is served.

The Wigilia meal is made from foods that come from the four corners of the earth: forest, sea, field, and orchard. This is why you will see such a rich variety of recipes based on root vegetables, dried mushrooms from the forest, fruit from the orchard, fish from the sea, and pierogi from flour from the field.

To start the Polish Christmas Eve meal, friends, family, and neighbors will gather around the table for the unique Polish ceremony--the breaking of bread--as a symbol of love, friendship, and forgiveness. It is tradition to add an extra place on the table for the lonely traveler who may knock on the door or for loved ones who are far away but may want to join their families in spirit.

The current day traditional meal calls for a minimum of 12 dishes - all meatless - to represent the 12 Apostles and 12 months of the year (in some parts of Poland its 13). Dishes vary a bit from region to region and family to family, but all include some of the traditional favorites.
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Coal Region Touches For Your Christmas Tree

Everyone loves giving their Christmas tree a personal touch. Like many of you, I add to my ornament collection through the years and love finding ornaments that I feel immediate connections to. Although every family will connect to different themes and styles than other families may, there are some fun ornaments I have found online that "speak" to me as …
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pickle ornament

Create Pretty Paper Stars

A Froebel star is a Christmas decoration made of folded paper, common in Germany. It can be also be referred to as Advent star, Danish star, German star, Nordic star, Pennsylvanian star, Polish star, Swedish star or Christmas star. Although it is sometimes called a "Moravian star", it technically is not given that a Moravian star has 26 points.

Growing up in the Coal Region in the 60's, I often found myself folding strips of paper into these stars after Sunday School or during art lessons. Once you get the hang of the folding, you can produce them with confidence. These are great last-minute decorations for yourself or to give as gifts. All they take is some scrapbook paper in the designs of your choosing and a little patience!