I am actually embracing Christmas much more this year than in any other year of my adult life, I think. I even sent out Oplatek to many of my relatives in Christmas cards that I'd never sent a card to before in my life.
Oplatek are rather tasteless, bland, dehydrated wafers that you break, and share with other Poles at Wigilia (Christmas Eve Dinner). I hated the tradition as a kid (let's get to the toys!) and hated the meat-less meal with duck's blood soup (Czarnina, ew!) and cold borsch ewww even more! But my wonderful non-Polish wife is baking a ham, making sweet potato souffle, and many other delicious fixins, and I am looking forward to the evening, tremendously.
Maybe, it was finding the Oplatek at the Warsaw Market Deli last week, that was the moment when my Grinch heart grew 3 sizes... I dunno. I DID enjoy return addressing all the Christmas cards I sent out "Dr Traci & Mr Joe" - inordinately so. =)
1 year ago