Christmas tree <ul><li>People say that this tree is a n icon of life and duration. As a Christmas tree it showed up in the 16th century. The tradition started in Alsace, where people protruded trees and dressed them with adornment from paper and apples. Th e s e days, family members put present for each other under the tree which stands at home. The kids believe that the gifts are from Santa Claus. </li></ul>
Santa Claus <ul><li>Santa Claus - a man with a long, white beard. Dressed in red clothes. During Christmas he flies in his sled pulled by a few reindeers and gives presents to the kids while they are sleeping. He lives in Lapland with a group of Elves. </li></ul>
Nativity scene <ul><li>M ost of the time a mock-up laying up inside of stable at night, when the Christ was born. We can see inside the Nativity scene little Christ, his mother Mary, her husband Joseph, three kings, shepherds, angels, and animals. Most important were sheep and lambs. At this days we have also Nativity scenes with alive people. </li></ul>
Shepherdess <ul><li>The m ost important tradition in Poland i s the first Holy Mass at Christmas Day which is at midnight of 2 4th December. People clump in church, pray to God, celebrate birth of Christ and sing carols. </li></ul>
Mistletoe <ul><li>T his icon came to us from England. It should hang over the door, if two p eo ple stand u nder the mist le toe they have to kiss. In Poland we keep the bunch of mist le toe at home the whole year. </li></ul>
Christmas Eve <ul><li>When the first star appears in the sky, people take their seats at the Christmas table. They do not forget leaving an empty place for an unexpected guest. They share „o p ł atek ” – a thin wafer and wish one another whatever the heart dictates .After the Christmas supper the whole family sit together and sing. </li></ul>
Traditional foods „ Red borch ” „ Cabbage „ Fish – most of the time carp „ Kutia „ - made of grits, honey and raisins
Carol singing <ul><li>A c arol i s a song about Christmas. It tells us only about the Christ ’s birth. We sing carols only from 25th December till 6th January, but you can also sing carols till 2nd February. Other variant of carol is a " pastorałka" it has more secular temper so we don't sing it at Holy Mass. </li></ul>
These are the main Christmas traditions in poland. The end ;)
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