A Polish Christmas

Merseyside Polonia is inviting local people to attend Chrismas with a difference at two special events this week.

Promoted under the collective title ‘Save the Xmas Spirit’, they will give audiences a chance to find out more about the Polish way of celebrating Christmas, taste some traditional food and even take home some hand-made gifts, Christmas decorations and cards! Both events are free and open to everyone interested in experiencing Polish and English Christmas traditions and customs.

Polish-English Christmas Eve (Wednesday 4 December, 6.30pm, Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Kensington). This will be another special celebration for Merseyside Polonia. The event will include both representatives of Liverpool City Council and the Polish Government, alongside those who have contributed to the organisation’s ongoing success.Guests will have a unique opportunity to listen to Polish and English Christmas Carols and readings and taste delicious Polish and English Christmas dishes. The menu will consist of ‘pierogi’ (Polish dumplings),’bigos’ cabbage stew,mince pies and mulled wine.

Polish Christmas Workshop (Saturday 7 December from 2pm until 4pm, Museum of Liverpool) Following the Christmas Eve celebration, Merseyside Polonia are  introducing the second event of the ‘Save the Xmas Spirit’ series. The Polish Arts and Crafts workshops have already been very popular among young and old and will take place in the Museum of Liverpool.

This year will also bring lots of new attractions, a chance to make some original home made Christmas gifts, decorations and cards to take home, all from recyclable materials (provided by Merseyside Polonia). It will be great entertainment for children, families and anyone else who would like to try to be a bit more creative this year.

Merseyside Polonia’s volunteers will be showing you how to make Christmas tree decorations (made of straw), hand-made Christmas cards and Christmas tree chains. To encourage creative spirit, a Polish choir, from Manchester, will be singing Christmas carols. The museum’s café will be serving traditional Polish food on the day from 12 o’clock until 2pm, so make sure you arrive early to try some Polish traditional Christmas soup (Barszcz) and cabbage stew (Bigos) .All the children will be invited to write Christmas wishes during the workshops and hand them over to Santa Claus.

The two Events are organised by Merseyside Polonia and founded by Liverpool City Council Neighborhood Fund, BBC Children in Need, PH HOLT Foundation and supported by Museum of Liverpool, Academy of St Francis of Assisi and Nowa Biesiada (Polish Choir from Manchester).