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Polish Family in US or other countries to practice traditional customs

Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
18 Dec 2006 /  #1
does anyone from Poland Have family in the united states or other countries who
still practice traditional customs, or have they lost touch with it?
krysia 23 | 3,058  
18 Dec 2006 /  #2
Our family shares the "opłatek" before the meal on Christmas Eve - called Wigilia. After the 11 course meal we sing Christmas carols and then we "suddenly" notice presents under the tree and yell: Santa Clause was here! we open the presents on Christmas Eve.
iwona 12 | 542  
19 Dec 2006 /  #3
11 course!!!!!

My cousin in Chicago celebrates very polish christmas....but she is first generation of emgiration...I am not so sure about her daughter ( 14 years old born in USA) in future...
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
19 Dec 2006 /  #4
called Wigilia.

my cousin still has Wigilia, I am not fond of fish, probably because at young
age, I had bad experience with it, making me sick for days.

then I tried to eat Tuna sandwich, and again 3 days with fever, etc, so my
mind refuses it, and I get nauseated just thinking about it.

is there other dishes that could be substituted in place of fish ? maybe chicken?

something tolerable :) lol
krysia 23 | 3,058  
19 Dec 2006 /  #5
You are allergic to fish. Some are allergic to peanuts and can die if eaten. Some to cats....
You could probably substitute fish with a vegetable, or maybe crab? In the US they eat chicken and ham for Christmas Eve dinner, you'll just have an American type wigilia.

11 course!!!!!

Hahahahahahaha Didn't realize that.
OP Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
19 Dec 2006 /  #6
Krysia, I didnt even think of that, but that makes sense, because each time
was always fever, vomiting etc , dont mean to gross anyone out, but
yes, you have valuable point, prob should get to doc and have test for allergy
to other stuff. I know two medications I cannot take which do the same thing.

i have heard about the peanuts and people severly allergic.
even milk (people with allergies, and also fish) but didnt think I could be.

Thanks Krysia, ya opened them eyeballs LOL
8 Sep 2009 /  #7
can anyone tell me family custom of USA?....please......I want to know...^^

I mean tell me about the family custom of USA....sorry..typing error.....
nunczka 8 | 458  
8 Sep 2009 /  #8
As the Immigrants from the early 1900 died off. Wigilia started to disappear. Some first generation family members still practiced it until they died off, but on a smaller scale. Starting with the second and third generation, it was all forgotten. From the 1960's The Polish language was all but forgotten..
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
9 Sep 2009 /  #9
From my observation it varies greatly from family to family. In general it is generational: first generation most Polish, 2nd less, 3rd, even less, 4th - sometimes only vestigial elements survive, 5th - little or nothing left as family is now fully Americanised. But exceptions abound:

--People living in or near a heavily Polsih populated community tend to retain more traditions.
-- Someone in the family visiting Poland often revives ethnic interest with his/her tales, photos and souvenirs.
-- A Pol-Am marrying someone from Poland often helps re-Polonise the family.
-- Business, academic or other professional contacts with Poland or Poles often generate newfound ethnic curiosity.

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