I LOVE Christmas – there is nothing better than lots of good food and spending time with your family.
Polish Christmas starts out on Christmas Eve, which is just as big of a deal as Christmas Day. We actually celebrated on the 23rd this year since D was in town for that night. Christmas Eve involves a traditional meal of 12 meatless dishes (not all of which are edible in my opinion, pickled herring anyone?). You start the night out by sharing opłatek (Christmas wafer), and go around to every family member and share your wishes with them for the new year. And then you eat so much you almost burst (which is really no different from any other time Polish people get together).
My mom giving Kirk her wishes. Her wish was “please please please make me a grandmother while I’m still young and beautiful.”
Family picture in front of the Christmas table – with the traditional foods and the non-traditional cranberry martini.
Then Christmas Day is a huge party with the whole extended “family.” Once again, lots of food and drink and even some dancing. Why can’t Christmas be once a month?
Here is the spread for all 21 of us.
Too many cooks in the kitchen.
And here we are – 17 years later! Ladies in red….
And Congratulations to Cassie and Chad who got engaged a few days before Christmas!!