Essential Guide to Polish Christmas

Christmas is probably the most beautiful and beloved holiday in Poland. The smell of baked fish, pierogi with cabbage and mushrooms mixed with sweet scent of poppy seeds, nuts and honey brings back the best memories of some quality time spent with your loved ones. Christmas, or as we say Boże Narodzenie, has also it's own unique and very Polish traditions. As intriguing as they are, they can also be pretty overwhelming! So if it's your first Christmas with your Polish in-laws or you decided to celebrate with your Polish friends, here is my seven part Essential Guide to Polish Christmas!

You should start with some absolute basics - when do we celebrate? Where is the meat? What is opłatek? How many dishes you have to try to be healthy and lucky in the following year? You can find answers to this question in the first part: Everything You Have to Know about Polish Christmas.

Absolute basics of Christmas in Poland
Four parts of our guide present the most common and beloved Polish Christmas foods: soups, fish, pierogi and other goods that you can find on every Polish Christmas table. They are real treats for all you foodies out there!

Polish Christmas soups; barszcz, grzybowa, rybna and zupa z suszu.
Polish Christmas fish dishes: karp, ryba po grecku or ryba w galarecie?
World famous Polish pierogi!
That's not all. Find out more Polish Christmas treats!

And that's not all! If you want to impress your Polish family and friends with your knowledge, take some time to read about folk Christmas traditions in Poland and the person who brings gifts to Polish children - it's not necessarily Santa Claus!

Folk Polish Christmas traditions

Santa who?

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