The Oplatki Tradition and Holiday Wishes

Every year since before I was born, my family has had a Polish Christmas Eve tradition. We wash our hands with a silver dollar before dinner, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest members of the family. It’s like…the sweetest tradition ever. This is to bring a year of financial goodness for everyone (I’m still waiting for mine to kick in…since 1997…)

My family celebrates Christmas Eve with oplatki and other Polish traditions, granting each other wishes for the coming year.

Then we feast on the Polish delicacies: pierogi (stuffed dumplings), gwumpki (cabbage rolls), kapusta (saurkraut), kielbasa (sausage–even though traditional Polaks don’t eat meat on Christmas Eve), and kolacky (cookies).

After the feast, we bust out one of my favorite parts of the evening: the oplatki (communion-like wafer of goodness). With the oplatki, everyone walks around to the members of the family, and shares with them three wishes and three pieces of their oplatki. When I was a kid, we all hated it. We would try to give Grandpa the biggest pieces, and ask for just the tiniest little bites for ourselves. As we got older, my sister and I would fight over the leftovers.

The thing was, three wishes to each family member can seem…tedious. I wish you happiness. Oplatki I wish you health. Oplatki I wish you lots of money. Oplatki Repeat for each person. From the time I turned 12, my aunt would always wish that I found love. Oplatki And so it would go until everyone had shared wishes with everyone else in a big happy family love sharing wish sharing circle. Oh and they hand fed the oplatki into your mouth, just like communion. (Click that if you’ve never read about my First Communion. Seriously. Go. I’ll wait.)

Anyways, back to wishes… I’ve already told you about my super awesome Christmas List… April, the sassy-pants behind First Time Mom & Dad granted me some wishes. Five of them for the holidays. Here they are in all their beautiful glory.

  1. I wish for the perfect job. One in which I am appreciated as a member of a team. One in which I can ask questions and offer answers/suggestions. One in which I make a decent salary, so that I can take my amazing boyfriend out to a fancy dinner once in a while. One in which I don’t feel worked to the bone, but I want to work hard for. One that makes me feel needed. You hear that, potential employers? I’m looking for the perfect job. Are you it?

  2. I wish for cancer to go away. Someone near and dear to our hearts is battling and I wish for her. To fight it. To beat it.*

  3. I wish for sponsorship from a cheese company. (Come on, we’ve got to lighten things up after the last one!)

  4. I wish for world peace world travel.

  5. I wish for cookies.

Cookie Monster Meme

 What are your 5 wishes?

*Brian’s mom passed away in March of 2013. We still miss her.

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Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas… (With Pictures!)

While Tweeting with Pesky Pippi (I know, it’s like we were destined to be friends) last night, I got a brilliant idea. Who needs to hint around the Christmas bush? Here’s my “Dear Santa” list.

Yes, I’m a greedy asshole who made a Christmas list last night. I worked really hard on it, too. So Santa, buddy… I’ll take the following AWESOME items:

  • Munchkin Christmas Edition?! 3 different bonus packs?! Yes. Yes. and Yes. Available for under $10 each on Amazon
  • A Harry Potter Light Switch decal (Because I’m a complete nerd and sometimes I need a little pick-me-up), available from Etsy for only $9.99
  • The Grammar Pack (The low price of $40 for 5 posters of Grammar Nazi joy on The Oatmeal)
  • A holiday cheese dish towel, available from Zazzle for only $17.55 (get it? The Baby Cheeses?!?!?!)
  • A Middle Finger Key (only $8.95 from CoolMaterial)
  • ANYTHING from ThisiswhyImBroke.

Munchkin Christmas Game

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights

 

The Oatmeal Grammar Pack

 

Middle FInger Key Cool Gift ideas

 

Holiday Cheese Dish Towel

Now, while you all think I just made a greedy ass Christmas list (totally under $100 for anyone not in the mood to do math)…I also showed you some really cool websites where you can find crazy unique gifts for the people you love. You know, if you’re into the whole buying people stuff for Christmas or birthdays or something.

I’d like to say that I’m going to make Christmas presents…but the last time I did that, I was up until midnight on Christmas Eve cutting myself with roller blades and tying fleece knots and wrapping presents. No thank you.

Do  I really want these things? Maybe. Do I really need any of these things? No. But if Santa were to wrap them up and put them under the tree or in my stocking, it’s not like I would, you know…complain or anything!

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