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When did Poles stop consuming alcohol on Christmas day. Is it a longstanding tradition or


milky 13 | 1,657
5 Jul 2012 #1
something kick-started by the PIS brigade after the communist collapsed??

or, I mean!!! Christmas Eve. Whoops
smurf 39 | 1,981
5 Jul 2012 #2
never heard of this, thank god, couldn't imagine a sober xmas
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
5 Jul 2012 #3
Wiglia is too special and solemn an occasion -- the single-most important day of the year -- to turn it itnto yet another booze-up. But not everybody observes total abstinence. Many allow a bit of wine or krupnik (a hot honey-spice-cordial), but in general it is not an occasion for 'serious' (?!) drinking. Except amongst the more primitve unedacated types (lumpenproletariat, menial workers, farm hands, etc.) who can't imagine a celebration wtihout booze.
OP milky 13 | 1,657
5 Jul 2012 #4
Except amongst the more primitve unedacated types

Do you mean PIS supporters?? why would freethinkers be sober on Christmas?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
5 Jul 2012 #5
Poles drink alchohol only on two occaisions...

1...Birthdays..

2...Any other day
teflcat 5 | 1,032
6 Jul 2012 #6
Except amongst the more primitve unedacated types (lumpenproletariat, menial workers, farm hands, etc.) who can't imagine a celebration wtihout booze.

Seriously Polonius, you should come to Poland.
"sonsuming". Started Christmas early Milky?
peterweg 36 | 2,316
6 Jul 2012 #8
2...Any other day

Don't forget Breakfast, too.
OP milky 13 | 1,657
6 Jul 2012 #9
This topic was already discussed here:

not really, I was told its a post 1989 tradition brought in by the Polish Taliban.
boletus 30 | 1,366
6 Jul 2012 #10
Many people participated in the discussion about boozing on Christmas Eve, including teflcat and myself. But fine with me if you are too lazy to check the link I posted.

And you were told wrong. Old tradition had it that there should be neither meat nor alcohol served until midnight of Dec the 24th. Some abstained from any meal whatsoever during that day until Vigil Supper (at 6 p.m. or so). There are dozens of websites with info like this. See for example this one, randomly selected: wikihow.com/Keep-Polish-Christmas-Traditions-in-Your-Home

Nothing to do with 1989. It's more about erosion of old practice. But I do not care one way or another what people do at their homes, as it is harmless. This is not like sailing and boozing, which is plain stupid and dangerous. In this case I will be your worst Talib ever, as I will report you on the spot to the police.


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