Our next holiday tradition is a lovely Polish Christmas eve tradition.
Polish Christmas Eve is full of fun traditions! We always set the table for an extra guest in case someone unexpected stops by. It is customary to have at least 12 different foods on the table; we do not eat meat on Christmas Eve, so the meal usually consists of lots of fish prepared different ways. The meal begins when the first star appears in the night sky. We start off by sharing Oplatek. Oplatki are decorative wafers about the size of an envelope. Everyone breaks off a piece of wafer and then we go from guest to guest sharing our bits of Oplatek (I take a pinch off of yours and you take a pinch of mine). As we eat the pieces we exchange hugs and well wishes.
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