Written by Jagoda Urban-Klaehn Tuesday, 05 December 2000 17:00
Polish name for 'Christmas' is 'Boze Narodzenie' (direct translation from 'God's birth') .
From religious point of view Christmas is considered the second important feast (after Easter) but it is definitively the biggest family gathering and reconciliation day during the year in Poland.
Christmas and St.Nicolas Days are not celebrated in the same time in Poland but three weeks apart.
St. Claus (called rather St. Nicolas) Day is celebrated on the December 6th, name-day of St. Nicolas. This is a day when St. Nicolas, in Polish: Sw. Mikolaj, is visiting all kids - some children in person during the evening, some secretly during night. In some regions of Poland only St. Claus was bringing gifts on the 6th of December. Gifts were not given under Christmas tree during Christmas!
There is one gift that almost all children in Poland receive from Santa.