We have $162,320 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic Activity: Christmas in the Polish Home


  • None
  • Prep Time

  • N/A
  • Difficulty

  • • •
  • Cost

  • n/a
  • For Ages

  • All
  • Activity Types

    Linked Activities

    • None


    • None

    Linked Recipes

    • None

    Linked Prayers

    • None



Various Polish customs associated with Christmas are referred to here, including a few Christmas carols and stories.


After the supper, the family gathers in the living room, exchanges gifts and then sings various Christmas hymns or Kolendy until it is time for Midnight Mass.

At Midnight the traditional Mass, called Pasterka (Shepherd's Mass), is celebrated. Christmas Carols - Kolendy - are sung. Two of the most popular carols are Wzlobie Lezy (Away in a Manger) and Przybiezeli do Betlefem Pasterze (Shepherds Hasten to Bethlehem). The oldest Christmas Carol dates back to 1624. The two mentioned above were written in the 17th century.

One custom that the children eagerly await is the Manger (Yaselka), a presentation of scenes from the life of Christ. Gaily attired minstrels march from house to house singing Christmas Carols and also put on Nativity shows. There are many legends connected with the Christmas holidays. The most popular one is about the cattle speaking the human language on Christmas night; however only one who is without sin can hear and understand them.

No manual labor is performed on Christmas Day. It is a day for prayer and festivity and the gathering of families, relatives, and friends.

Activity Source: Your Home, A Church in Miniature by Compiled by The Family Life Bureau in the early 1950s, The Neumann Press, Long Prairie, Minnesota, 1994

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A secret plot to control the Synod? No; it's not secret at all. 9 hours ago
What about Catholic affirmation for those in false marriages? 11 hours ago
Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family October 7
The headlines say Gov. Brown is Catholic. He says he's not sure what that means. October 7
Archbishop predicts Synod won't change Church teaching. Why am I not reassured? October 7

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5