Wigilia

Wigilia is my favorite Polish tradition. Christmas Eve is very important. It’s about spending time with family and just enjoying the time together. We start wigilia with sharing an oplatek. Oplatek is a wafer. When we share the oplatek you wish everyone something for the next year.

During Christmas Eve, we have 12 different dishes. Each dish has no meat. Christmas Eve we fast.  We start with a white barszcz with mushrooms. It’s delicious. Then the rest are pierogis both potatoe and cabbage. There’s also stuffed cabbage, a fish dish, beans and other none meat dishes.  After the main course, we have dessert and coffee.

 

Then the fun begins, opening presents. My family always has humor gifts. We laugh and it’s great. As I grew up, I learned that the magic of Christmas or wigilia is spending time with family. It’s the laughter and joy. I cherish these moments of laughter and joy. It’s important to spend time with family. Make the most of those moments.

 

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Christmas Bucket List

After watching a Hallmark movie called “Christmas List”, I decided to create a Christmas bucket list as well. The character in the story created a bucket list of Christmas activities when she was a young girl.   When she was cleaning things, she found this list and realized that she did not complete her bucket list.  She decided to complete these things on her bucket list as an adult.   I know that when I was a young girl,  I never had a list of things that I wanted to do.  I did go to visit the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and walk around looking at Christmas lights. I created this bucket list of things that you can do with your children to help make the season more special.  I want to teach my son that Christmas is not about presents but about doing things as a family and the joy that you get from doing these things.   I hope this list inspires you to create your own or please use my list.  This list is centered around New York City and Long Island, so if you are in the area, please follow this list if you would like.    I know that I created this post so late in the season but there is always next year to start something new and something to look forward to.

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Christmas 2016 Photoshoot

This year was a challenge with my one year old son to take photos. Last year my son was just one month old so it was easy to take photos.  This year I have a one year old and it was challenging.   He didn’t want to sit still and do what I wanted him to do.

I went outside and took photos that way.   My son has a police little tikes car so I used that.   I also purchased a small tree that lights up and a string of lights.  I also placed a Santa hat on him to help make the photo cuter. It was easier to take photos this way.  I wish that I had the woods to use for the photos but I didn’t ski used whatever I had. I had a great time taking his Christmas photos for this year. Hope these photos inspire you.

Holiday Train Show

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We took our son to the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens.  We had a great time.  My husband and I went to the Holiday Train show 5 years before. We really enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to take our son.  Last year, I wanted to take him but he was only a month old and he would not really pay attention to it.  This year was better.

The Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens in New York City is very popular.  Many people make it a tradition to take their children to see it.  There are many trains that run through many tracks.  It’s amazing to see all the buildings that are build using natural things like bark, pinecones and so many other things found in nature.  When we got to the Botanical Gardens, the lot was full, so I was afraid that it was going to be very busy.  It was busy but we were able to walk through and see everything.  The train show is located at the Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens. There are timed tickets but that makes it easier to view it.

The change between the past 5 years was that there is a short video about the person who created the train show as well as how they put the whole thing together.   It’s amazing how many people it takes, how many trains there are, how many tracks there are and how they come up with the whole idea.

The buildings that are designed are all Manhattan buildings.  You have Rockfeller Center, Yankees Stadium, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and so many others.  It’s amazing just taking your time to view these buildings created.  I could not stop taking photographs of everything.  I really recommend everyone to visit the train show at least once in their life. I am lucky that I live in New York and I am able to visit it every year.  I can not wait to make it a family tradition and visit the Train show every year with our son.