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Christmas Around the World

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Christmas Around the World

Poland
By:
Mr. Gatlin
"All Hours"
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-Poland is a country located
in the North portion of Europe.

-It is relative in size to Mexico.

-The country has only one
natural boundary (the Baltic Sea).
-Poland gets it name from a Slavic tribe that lived in the region around a thousand years ago.
- Polanie (Slavic word for Poland) means plain or field.
- Poland just happens to be made up of flat plains or gently rolling hills.
- Poland was a communist country throughout most of the the 1900's
- Polish government gave the country private economic control in 1990
- In 2004 the country joined with other European countries to cooperate in economics and government.
Religion has played a major role in Poland's history, in essence maintaining the country's existence.
Roman Catholicism has been the one main source of inspiration for the Polish people.
About 95% of the Polish people claim to be Roman Catholic.
Christmas Around the World
Poland is rich with many holiday traditions some familiar and some very different
-Christmas in Poland is celebrated on December 25.
-Wigilia (or Christmas Eve) is when the country begins preparing for the holiday.

-Mikolaj (or St. Nicholas Day) is the day for gifts celebrated on December 6
Christmas Eve Traditions
You have to have a clean house!
Women spend the first part of the day cleaning the house from top to bottom, including the windows. They believe that if you have a dirty house on christmas eve it will be dirty the whole next year.
Christmas Eve Traditions
The Polish are a very hospitable people
on Christmas Eve. The always leave an
empty seat at the evening dinner table for
strangers. It is believed no one should be
left alone on Christmas Eve in Poland.
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If a man is the first person to come to the door it could mean good luck. If its a woman, watch out, because the next year might bring misfortune. The best thin to happen would be to see the mailman because this means that money and success are in your near future.
The First Holiday
The Polish treat Christmas Day with the utmost respect. All of the cooking and cleaning is done on Christmas Eve and not allowed on Christmas day. You can only heat up your food from the day before. It is also the first day to start watching the weather. The belief is that this and the coming day will help to predict the weather for days to come.
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Even though we can't cook on Christmas day the food we make is just plain old delicious.
Christmas day is a day dedicated to the family, a time of reflection and consideration. The days that follow are filled with more tradition. The 26th of December is spent visiting the family outside the house. This is when the Polish visit and sing theier carols. Traditional songs like "Tonight in Bethlehem"
Though there are many differences in how countries celebrate Christmas, there are also many similarities. In Poland they decorate trees, as do we in the United States.
In Poland the tree is decorated with candy fruits, and many other wonderful things to eat. The children think of this as the best part of the holiday because they will get treats the rest of the season. Here in the United States we decorate more for the visual experience.
Although we here in Missouri live aproximatly 5040 miles from the capitol of Poland, Warsaw, I find that my family practices many of the the same traditions. We both eat specific types of food, we both sing carols, we both decorate trees. The food may be different, the songs in a different language, and the trees with unique decoration, but we both think about family.
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