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Polish Christmas Customs and Traditions

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The Christian tradition of building Nativity Scene is very old. Since ages people would build models. Some of them became pieces of art as they depicted local architecture, clothes and conditions more similar to those in Poland than in Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born.

Santa Claus versus Saint Nicholas in Poland star
Santa Claus name translated into Polish is 'Swiety Mikolaj'. Few people reckon, however, that this Polish name is actually a name of a real saint who would give secret presents to people. Therefore Santa comes to Polish children twice.

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Traditions of Christmas presents in Poland star
Tradition of Polish Christmas differs depending on the region. Some people believe in Saint Nicholas (or its American version – Santa Claus) while others believe it is the Star, Child Jesus or Father Frost bringing presents under the Christmas Tree. Read more to get acquainted with the traditi

Wigilia - Polish Christmas tradition star
On the 24th of December Polish families gather at the table to hear the Gospel about birth of Jesus Christ, share Christmas wafer and eat 12 traditionally served dishes. Wigilia is surely one of the most important events in Poland.

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