Recently we were at a Christmas event with our Polish colleagues and when the BIG event happened ~ when Santa started to give presents to the children ~ one of our Polish colleagues leaned over and said, “you know, in Poland Santa visits the children twice. And he brings presents both times.”
Twice?! I remember as a kid being so excited about Santa’s visit that I thought I would explode, I can only image how excited I would’ve been for two visits from Santa. Fortunately for my parents, in America Santa only visits once.
When does Santa visit in Poland?
The first visit is on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6th and the second is on Christmas Eve, as expected. Santa’s work may be done, but the Poles continue celebrating with their families on Dec. 25th and 26th.
A few Christmas and holiday-season words in Polish
“Merry Christmas” is “Wesołych Świąt.”
“Christmas tree” is “choinki.”
“Socks” are “skarpety.”
“Happy New Year” is “Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku.”
We hope your choinki is fully decorated and your skarpety are hung with care on the mantle. Życymy Wesołych Świąt and Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!