Nazywam si? Trey Sorocco. Mieszkam w Osceola w Indianie I ucz?szczam do Katolickiej Szko?y Królowej Pokoju.
Jestem w ósmej klasie. Pisz? raport badawczy o dziedzictwie mojej rodziny. B?d? te? ucz?szcza? do Marian High School, w przysz?ym roku. Mam nadziej?, ?e lubisz czyta? moje sprawozdanie.
This year I chose Polish for my Christmas Heritage. Last year I did Irish and the year before that I did Italian. In this paper, I will be talking about my family travel log, my family’s past, current events in Poland, how Polish people worship during Christmas, how Polish people decorate during the holiday of Christmas, what traditions Polish people have during Christmas, and what Polish people eat during Christmas time.
Every year I have done this report and I have had so much fun doing it. Out of every report I have ever done, this one is my favorite. I hope you enjoy my report. First I will start it off with 2 current events in Poland. Someone bad is in Poland. He is also coming to Florida to speak at a Florida College. He is a white nationalist and his name is Richard Spencer. The Foreign Minister of Poland, Witold Waszczykowski, says “he defames what happened during World War II, and defames the Holocaust.
” Spencer was the man to start the rally in August, in Charlottesville, Virginia. That protest became violent and a woman died. The Minister says “As a country which was one of the biggest victims of Nazism, we believe that the ideas promoted by Mr Spencer and his followers could pose a threat to all those who hold dear the values of human rights and democracy.” Witold very much means, that he doesn’t want Spencer there because it could offend all of those whose family members were hurt by the Nazis.
It could also break out protests and hurt even more people. Now, we will move on to another current event. Just a couple of weeks ago something else bad happened in Poland.
It was caused by very bad storms, such as strong winds and flooding rains. It flooded many streets and left cars adrift through Poland, and some other countries in Europe. The winds reached up to 60 miles per hour. The countries, especially Poland have been looking for gas and oil leaks.
Some ships were carrying gallons off the coast of Germany and Poland. The ships didn’t have any major spills, but some little spills. The storms killed at least six people throughout Germany, The Czech Republic, and Poland. The storms also blew out the power in thousands of homes across The Czech Republic and Poland. This horrific storms blew plants away and drowned the last of the crops. Now let’s move on to how people worship on Christmas and throughout Christmas time. Polish people worship Christmas in a few different ways.
They usually celebrate Advent along with Christmas. During Advent, the people try not to have any excess of anything, especially food! Some people even give up their favorite foods and drinks during this time. During this time people also go to Church a lot. This is also a tradition that is widely spread across Poland and for most Polish people. Some of these special masses are called “roraty”, which is masses with communion services. These special masses are at dawn and dedicated to Mary for receiving the good news from the Angel Gabriel. This is also a Polish tradition. Polish people’s way of worshiping can be shown through their decorations.
Polish people have lots of decorations. I made a Polish star for my ornament this year. The Polish star represents the Star of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Some of the decorations are religious. Since most of Polish people are Catholic, some of their ornaments and decorations have to do with Mary and Jesus. Sometimes people put straw on the floor or under the tablecloth to show that Jesus was born in a stable.
Polish people also have little nativity scenes just like other people do that are Catholic. A weird type of decoration is used with the top of a evergreen tree. You take the top of it and hang it upside down on a beam in your house. I think it is a little funny that someone would do that.
Some of these decorations are traditions to a lot of people that are Polish. There are so many traditions that Polish people have that are different in their own way. For Christmas Eve the house must be cleaned and everybody must put on their best clothes. That is usually the occasion for most families all around the world. Saint Nicholas is also a big tradition that comes around every year. It is one of the “traditional figures” that starts off the holiday of Christmas.
One of the biggest Polish traditions is having a huge feast on Christmas Eve. It is surprising to me because I would assume that Polish people would have a huge feast on Christmas Day. This huge, traditional feast that is on Christmas Eve is called Wigilia.
Another very cool tradition is the huge creche competition in Krakow. A creche competition is the making of a giant sized version of the Nativity Scene. I think it would be super cool to judge and see the giant Nativity Scenes. Going back to the giant feast, it is a huge tradition to have specific foods for this feast. This brings me to Polish foods and dishes. Polish people have delicious food, especially during the Christmas season. Some of my favorite foods are traditional Polish Christmas dishes.
During the Polish Christmas time, they have an interesting way of celebrating with food. On Christmas, they have twelve dishes which celebrates the twelve months of the year. Twelve meals may seem a lot to eat, but they are on the smaller or lighter side. But you must make the twelve meals out of specific ingredients. Those ingredients are honey, poppy seeds, nuts, prunes, apples, pears, grains of barley or wheat, white beans, split peas, mushrooms, beetroots, cabbage and fish.
You must use these ingredients because they each mean important to the Polish. Over all, the ingredients mean that they provide protection from evil, attract the wealth, ensure good health, and happiness for the upcoming year. The meals that are used each year for Christmas are kombot (which is a cinnamon type of drink), barszcz (which are tiny dumplings with mushroom filling), cabbage with mushrooms, cabbage with split peas, white beans with prunes, kluski (which is pasta with poppy seeds), kutia (which is a dessert with honey), pierogi (which is my favorite type of polish food), krokiety (which is a fried roll with mushrooms and cabbage), fried carp, and makowiec (which is a roll with frosting and poppy seeds). Some of these foods are traditions to my family which brings me to my family’s past. My great, great, great, great grandfather was living in a small village called Raciniewo. It was a small village, that was down the street from the Kosciol Catholic Church.
This village had very vast farm lands, which was why my great, great, great, great, grandfather (Hamburg Rogalski) was a farmer and gardener. There are also only a few other houses in this small village. Raciniewo is a smaller city inside of the big city Torun.
Torun and Raciniewo is right by the Vistula River. I think it is very interesting that they lived by the Vistula river because my current grandmother lives right off of Vistula Road. It was also a very agrarian type of area. One day, my great, great, great, great grandfather decided to move somewhere in the United States, so he took his family and traveled there. That now brings me to my Family’s Travel log. My great, great, great, great grandparents once lived in Raciniewo, Poland. They then decided to sail the ocean to the United States.
They arrived at Ellis Island on April 28, 1892. Once they were there, they established where they wanted to live. They decided that they wanted to live in South Bend, Indiana. So first they went to Philadelphia and then on the road to South Bend, Indiana. Once the Rogalskis arrived in South Bend, they chose a nice, quiet home that was across the street from Saint Adalbert’s Church. From there the family continued on to my generation.
That generation is from grandmother Murphy’s side which is also my Mother’s side of the family. That is my Christmas Heritage Report. I hope you had fun reading my report. I also bet those snacks that you are eating taste amazing while sitting next to Francie. Please make sure that none of your family gets sick. It is the worst when family gets sick right before Christmas. Also make sure that you stay healthy before Christmas.
Also make sure you have fun over Christmas break. I hope you have a Wesolych Swiat (Merry Christmas in Polish)!!!