Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I wish I was Polish.

I often joke that being Lithuanian just means I wish I was Polish. We are forever indebted to them for many traditions, including Tradition itself through the evangelization efforts of St. Jadwiga (who courageously married an unschooled, unchristened Lithuanian and proceeded to convert the nation). And then there's John Paul II.

But there are other, smaller traditions, that we adopted from the Poles. As Fall kicks in and I search for more Catholic practices to add to our family life, Poland provides again.

Oplatki are small wafers that the family share on Christmas Eve (or Christmas). Obviously symbolic of the Eucharist, it provides another special commemoration of the Nativity. Click on the link to learn more about the practice.

I am especially excited that they come in pink... for obvious reasons.


2 comments:

liebchen77 said...

Loved your post! This was new to me as well--I ran across the tradition just by chance & wanted to try it this Christmas. I'm a Martinez now, but I was born a Palcewski!

I love combining Catholic traditions--it's one of the most beautiful aspects of the faith to me (I converted 10 years ago when I got married).

Mom2Seven said...

I am familiar with Oplatki wafers! My father-in-law is 100% Polish and quite proud! I am Irish-Italian, but I have seven kiddos who are one-quarter Polish, so I embrace these traditions! God bless... +JMJ+