Tag Archives: Christmas

Mikolajki

Today is Mikolajki!

Mikolajki St Nikolas

December 6th is the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, and Mikolajki as this day is known in Polish is a special day in the run up to Christmas when small gifts are given to children in Poland. Depending on family traditions these presents are either left under pillows, on windowsills, or in footwear (clean shoes or boots!).

Related pages on Polish Poland:
- More information on Saint Nicholas Day and old images of St. Nicholas.

Wesolych Swiat / Merry Christmas

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia – a 1970s Polish Christmas card.

It’s only three days now until Christmas Eve, so time to wish all who see this message …

Wesolych Swiat! / Merry Christmas!

Listen to me speaking the phrase Wesolych Swiat as an MP3 file.

Download and save or play now – Wesolych Swiat MP3. :-)

Related content on Polish Poland: Polish Christmas; Polish Christmas Cards.

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

'Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

A late 1980s Polish Christmas card with the phrase Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia

Christmas is fast approaching so we would like to wish everyone …

In English: Happy Christmas! Seasons Greetings! Merry Christmas!

And in Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia! Wesołych Świąt! Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia!

Related Polish Poland content: Christmas in Poland; Polish Christmas Cards.

Wesolych Swiat / Happy Christmas

Wesolych Swiat

A 1920s Christmas Greetings Card from Poland. Wesolych Swiat!

We would like to wish a ‘Wesołych Świąt’ to anyone reading this!

Wesołych Świąt translates directly into English as Happy / Merry Holiday. So it is, perhaps, the equivalent of ‘Seasons Greetings’ in English. It is used equally at Easter and Christmas time in Poland.

However, as it is nearly Christmas we are using the phrase to say and wish all a very Happy Christmas!

Related pages on Polish Poland: Christmas in Poland; Polish Christmas Cards.

Bobby Vinton

Fascinating fact # 22

Bobby Vinton is a Polish American

Polish Prince

The cover of Bobby Vinton’s 1980s Christmas album, ‘Santa must be Polish’!

Bobby Vinton is a Polish American popular singer who was most prolific in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Athough born in Pennsylvania, Bobby has a Polish Father and Polish Mother and such is the strength of his Polish connection in his heyday was often referred to as the ‘Polish Prince’. The Vinton family’s original name was Vintula.

As it’s almost Christmas here is Bobby Vinton’s Santa Must Be Polish. Listen online and feel free to sing along. The lyrics can be found below!

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to you
Santa must be Polish he’s jolly as can be,
Riding on his sleigh with gifts for you and me.
Santa must be Polish all dressed in red and white,
Slipping down the chimney, while you’re asleep at night.

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Means happy holidays to every one of you.
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
He brings joy and cheer to every one each year.

Santa must be Polish, he’s such a merry man,
Bringing lots of toys to every one he can.
One thing he’s demanding and he wants it understood,
He’ll only bring you presents if you’ve been very good

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Means happy holidays to every one of you.
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
He brings joy and cheer to every one each year.

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Means happy holidays to every one of you.
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
He brings joy and cheer to every one each year.

Other hits included: There! I’ve Said It Again, Mr. Lonely, Sealed with a Kiss, Blue Velvet, and My Melody of Love (which featured a mix of English and Polish lyrics).

Bobby Vinton also featured in a number of movies including Surf Party, Big Jake, and The Train Robbers.

Offsite link: Bobby Vinton (official website).

Christmas in Poland

Poland is overwhelmingly a Roman Catholic country and therefore Christmas Eve and closely followed by Christmas Day are very important occasions to most Poles. Traditionally, Christmas Eve (the 24th) is a day of fasting and abstinence with no meat eaten. A special Christmas Eve meat-free meal called Wigilia is eaten after the first star has been seen in the sky, which at this time of the year in Poland is around 6pm. This meal traditionally consists of twelve dishes, one for each of the twelve apostles. Popular dishes include Barszcz (beetroot soup), Uszka (mushroom-filled ravioli), Pierogi (dumplings filled with either cheese and potato or cabbage and mushroom), various salads, and one or two fish dishes (typically carp, roll-mop herrings or salmon). Sweet dishes often include Poppy seed cakes and Gingerbread.

Christmas Poland

A traditional Polish card featuring a decorated Christmas Tree, something which every Polish house will have.

In many Polish households the main meal on Christmas Day (the 25th December) is similar to that of western countries – a large roast dinner of goose or duck and increasingly turkey with all the usual trimmings. There is no restriction on eating meat on Christmas Day and generally speaking a lot of meat is consumed!

Polish christmas

A traditional Polish Christmas card. This one featuring a navity scene and one of the best-known Christmas carols.

Interesting Polish Christmas facts

Christmas is called ‘Boze Narodzenie’ in Polish, which literally translated means ‘God’s Birth’.

Christmas cards are usually give out to family and friends in the week or two before Christmas.

The traditional Christmas Midnight Mass is called ‘pasterka. which might be translated into English as ‘Shepherd’s Mass’.

Happy/Merry Christmas in Polish is ‘Wesolych Swiat’ / ‘Wesołych Świąt’. Listen to MP3 file.

White wafers, blessed beforehand by the Priest, are broken and shared with the guests present at the Christmas Eve meal.

Legend say that in Poland animals are able to speak on Christmas Eve!

Christmas postage stamps

Christmas postage stamps featuring Jesus and the Virgin Mary issued by the Polish Post Office in the early 2000s.

Related content on Polish Poland: Easter in Poland.

St Stephen’s Day

St Stephen’s Day is celebrated in Poland on the 26th December or the second day of Christmas in Poland. It is an official public holiday in Poland with banks, government offices, schools, and most private businesses closed. Families and friends meet up to spend time together and many have a large dinner together. Most Polish churches also put special services on. In many ways the things that happen on St Stephen’s Day (the Feast of Saint Stephen) in Poland are very similar to what happens on Boxing Day in English-speaking countries such as England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

st stephen's day poland

Saint Stephen (Stefan or Stephanus) is venerated as the first martyr of Christianity. He was stoned to death after being accused of blasphemy by Jewish authorities in around 35 A.D.

English / Polish translation: St. Stephen in Polish is Sw. Szczepan. Saint Stephen is Święty Szczepan.