Christmas Remembered - ATPC

Season's Greetings

"Peace and Joy to You and Your Family"

"An empty rocking chair by the tree and a dove in flight...
symbols of the spiritual union we share with our ancestors."

Sights & Sounds of Christmas

Hark, Herald Angels Sing

The beckoning star in the night grew brighter signaling the coming of the devine event. Angels came calling on believers foretelling of the saviors birth in a manger in Bethlehem. Hark the herald angels sing... "Glory be to the new born King!".

"May the message of Christmas be an inspiration to all for a life of peace, joy, hope and enduring love."

Who is Santa Claus?

The Santa Claus of today is quite different from the Saint Nicholas who was the source for his conception. Saint Nicholas was a benevolent Catholic priest that celebrated the birth of the Christ child by giving presents to needy children. Traditionally, presents were an expression of caring and sharing. Quite different from the perspective of our comtemporary Santa who has become a symbol for a "commericialized" Christmas. The Christmas is by far the most important sales season for merchants and represents a make or break period for most retail stores.

In Poland, Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 4th leaving Christmas for the the celebration of it's religious meaning.

What is Christmas?

The spirit of Christmas is very special. It is a time for coming together as a family. A time for recalling the warm Christmas memories of earlier years. A time for joy and renewing our spirit.

However, for some it a time of feeling disconnected from the joy of this season. For them, Christmas can be a time of depression. If the Christmas season is an emotional trying time for you, take a moment to reflect on the meaning of Christmas...

Christmas is a time to rejoice in knowledge that you are never alone, God is with you always even if you do not recognize His presence.

Christmas is a time for renewal and enrichment! Hear it's message. It will guide you to finding inner peace and love.

Christmas is a time for reflection of all that is possible. Remember, God shared His son to help us free ourselves so that we can be in harmony with the spirit of His love.

Sounds of Christmas
"Do you hear what I hear..."
Song list:
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Sites of Christmas
"a Christmas journey..."

Christmas Remembered
Your Polish Heritage
Christmas is a good time to get in touch with your heritage. To make a decision to include the traditions of your ancestors into your life today. Pass of the gift of your heritage to your children and keep the spirit of your ancestors alive.

Celebrations of Polish Heritage
  • Heritage Center Articles - see "Traditions worth remembering" for additional articles.
  • Wigilia by the Polish American Center - This traditional feast is planned many days before being celebrated on Christmas eve.
  • Christmas Carols from Poland by The Christmas Archive - Learn and hear the music. Poland has a rich history associated with music.
  • Christmas in England - Essay by Polish student - A Polish student's tells about the experience of her first Christmas outside of Poland.

    Christmas Remembered
    Personal Memories
    The sights and sounds of Christmas are renewed each year. With the passing of each, we grow fonder of our treasured memories of Christmas past. Join us in celebrating Christmas Remembered, share a brief personal story or thought about your memories of Christmas.
    Send your story to ATPC: A Christmas Remembered story.

    Christmas 1946

    by Marvin Kusmierz
    A Christmas tradition that I recall from my early childhood was the special dinner at my mother's parent's home. My grandparents had eleven children and, they and their children would gather there for the Christmas meal. Preparations would begin very early in the morning. Grandpa had a chicken coup from which several chickens were selected for the meal. This would be my first understanding of the process that put food on my plate. It was a scary experience at my young age to see how a chicken was slaughtered. Equally as unpleasant was the plucking of feathers and gutting of the chicken. A nasty smell and sight that remains fixated in my memory.

    A more enjoyable experience was the making of the many apple pies. Apples that came from my grandparent's green apple tree. The munching of raw apples spiced with cinnamon and sugar was truly a delight. (It is unfortunate that so many kids today are denied this tasteful experience with parents opting for an easier, but inferior purchased product.) All of the hot food was prepared using grandma's huge wood burning stove that also service heat to a large portion of the home during the winter months. Just imagine the art of this process that required constant attention in order to keep the cooking under control!

    As the day went on, more and more of the family arrived increasing the noise level and decreasing the available space to run around in. Finally, it would be meal time. The candles on the table were lit and the lights turn off. Grandpa would pass out holy wafers which were blessed by the church. As we held our holy wafer, grandpa would say a prayer of thanks as I watched in wonderment of the flickering flame coming from the candle closest to me.

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