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by matcrazy1

Thanks to its climate, spectacular architecture and rich traditions that enliven the holiday season, Krakow may well aspire to the title of the world capital of white Christmas. And the whole thing lasts longer in the Krakow region than anywhere else?Christmas trees glitter here and carols resound till the end of January.

WARMING-UP to Christmastide starts at the outset of December. Seasonal street decorations and window-dressing, omnipresent noel tunes, shopping spree, universal well-wishing, etc.?it may look alike elsewhere but the fairyland scenery of Krakow?s numerous Gothic churches and Baroque palaces is unique. And Santa Claus keeps on visiting every kid in the city early, i.e. on December 6, his name day, to return later on the Christmas Eve. Another highlight comes on the first Thursday of December with the yearly contest of famous Krakow Christmas cribs on the Grand Square.

CHRISTMAS EVE celebration begins when the first star appears in the sky, with sharing an ?oplatek? wafer with everybody present and wishing him nice things to happen in the next twelve months. Then comes traditional 12-course common dinner of time-honored meatless dishes (fish, and notably carp, being a must), an additional cover always laid for an unexpected guest and a handful of hay put under the tablecloth for good luck. After the meal is time for caroling and unwrapping Christmas gifts. The faithful pack into the beautiful Krakow churches at midnight when the special ?Pasterka? mass is said in remembrance of shepherds adoring newly born Christ. And on the Christmas Eve immediately after midnight animals allegedly can speak their minds.

CHRISTMAS DAY and notably the following holiday on December 26 are popular occasions for visiting relatives and friends. Add eating, eating and eating hahaha :-).
"MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR" in over 80 languages:
Do you want to send Christmas wishes: click on "nowa wiadomosc" just below "FORUM-ZYCZENIA" and write.

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  • Written Dec 8, 2002
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