Christmas in Poland
Perhaps the most Catholic country on the planet, Poland celebrates Christmas as one of the most important public holidays. It is here that people live, for whom it is especially important to observe all the traditions and customs of this bright day. They understand a lot about any holidays and are always ready to happily sit down at a laid table, but it is Christmas in Poland that can become an example for guests of how to sacredly honor their history and culture..
Needles, cereals, hay and straw
Poles have begun decorating their homes for Christmas since time immemorial. In houses, it is customary not only to decorate Christmas trees, but also to collect colorful models that tell about the Holy family and the moment of the birth of the Savior..
Today, elements of those festive decorations can be found on Christmas tables in any family, cafe or restaurant. The festive decoration is complemented by bundles of straw or hay, intricately decorated with gold bows. The invariable attribute of the table is an empty device for honoring those who are no longer around..
Christmas Eve is the time when the whole family gathers at one table. Usually, religious Poles do not eat until the first star appears in the sky. Then Christmas in Poland comes into its own and it's time for the hostesses to show off their culinary skills and showcase the festive menu. The Christmas table, as a rule, includes twelve or more changes of dishes, the main of which is borshch with ears.
Embrace the immensity
On Christmas in Poland, you can spend time visiting the sights of Warsaw and Lodz, which have preserved many architectural monuments worthy of being immortalized in photo albums. Active tourists prefer to take advantage of their holidays and go to one of the Polish ski resorts, which are especially suitable for families. They are rare «black» slopes, but excellent ski schools for beginners are open, where prices for lessons are pleasant, and instructors speak Russian well.
Fans of antiquity and chivalric romances will be happy to discover Krakow and real Teutonic castles, where you can still hear the clanging of swords at tournaments and the sighs of beautiful ladies waiting for their hero from a duel.
Christmas in Poland will bring its own experience to every tourist, unlike anything else. This country is truly a godsend for those who are not ready to fly far and pay a lot, and therefore tours here for winter holidays are so popular..