Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas
Christmas in Poland is very different from Christmas on Puget Sound, near Seattle Washington, where Kathy Jones and Diane Gale live. For one thing, it’s cold in Poland. On Puget Sound, the weather, while often rainy and gloomy, rarely gets below freezing. Poland has a real winter, with cold, snow, sleigh bells and bundled-up children.
For another thing, the Poles can claim more than a thousand years of venerable Christmas traditions.
Kathy and Diane spent the 2016 Christmas season enjoying these traditions on MIR’s small group tour Christmas Traditions of Poland. On the tour, they:
- learned to prepare pierogi, Poland’s signature dish
- took part in decorating hand-painted glass Christmas tree ornaments
- spent some time in the mountains roasting kielbasa over a bonfire
- sat down with a family to the traditional Christmas Eve feast, called Wigilia, the Vigil
They were accompanied by Polish native Joanna Millick, MIR’s Director of Sales, who has been leading these Christmas tours for several years now.
Recently we chatted with Kathy and Diane about their highlights and experiences during the Polish holidays.
Diane loved the hot mulled wine, and drank Kathy’s share as well as her own. “Wow, I wish I could make this at home,” she said, “but it’s never the same when you try it at home.”
K: I especially loved that we could walk right to the Christmas Market from our hotel in Krakow. Even an idiot couldn’t get lost! It matched my idea of what Poland looked like.
K&D: We’re grateful for the time we had in Warsaw, and would have been sorry to have missed it, but we loved walking around Krakow the most.
She made everything so personal. The Royal Castle in Warsaw? That’s where she married her husband. The Benedictine Monastery? She searched out her friend there, a monk who sang a Gregorian chant a cappella for us in the church.
Joanna was the mortar between the bricks.
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Travel to Poland with MIR
MIR has more than two decades of travel experience to Poland, on-the-ground support and tour managers that clients rave about. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
MIR’s small group tour, Christmas Traditions of Poland, is a rich wintry journey that brings you close to the warm heart of Poland’s long-standing customs from a cooking class teaching how to make traditional Polish-style pierogi with your own private chef, to a brisk sleigh ride followed by warming yourself at a bonfire, roasting kielbasa and enjoying a festive tasting of Polish vodka and hot mulled wine.
Chat with a MIR destination specialist about travel to Poland by phone (1-800-424-7289) or email today.
(Top photo: Christmas illuminations on Warsaw’s Royal Road. Photo credit: David W Allen)
PUBLISHED: July 27, 2017