In this special end-of-year edition of The Debrief, John Beauchamp is joined by Jarosław Juszkiewicz, a broadcaster, YouTuber, astronomer, and perhaps best known for being the Polish voice of Google Maps.
Well, 2021 has certainly been eventful... But although this Christmas will look slightly different to how it should do, we wish you all a safe and merry-ish Christmas and a much happier New Year.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in his Christmas message to Polish families that this special joyful occasion should give them hope for the future.
Whilst Święty Mikołaj (Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus) still remains the most widespread, families in some parts of Poland recognise visits from Gwiazdor (‘Starman’), Dziadek Mróz (Grandfather Frost), Aniołek (the Angel), Dzieciątko (the child) and Gwiazdka (star).
Data from the Polish Economic Institute (PIE) shows that in 2019, the value of Polish exports of Christmas goods reached EUR 80.4 million, two and a half times more than in 2015.
From deliberations over the perfect Christmas tree to the best baubles and fattest carp for Christmas Eve dinner, see what pre-Christmas shopping looked like in Poland 90 years ago.
The UNESCO recognised tradition of making stunningly intricate and colourful models of nativity scenes set within the Kraków cityscape dates back to the 19th century when the idea was initiated one winter among local unemployed bricklayers and carpenters.
After being published by Warsaw City Hall on its social media, the design sparked a raft of opinions from internet users and quickly inspired other cities to jump on the trend and create their own designs alluding to the golden era of Polish poster art.
As many as 63 percent of Poles are going to limit Christmas food and present spending this year, according to a survey commissioned by the Polish Banking Association (ZBP).
Using over 1.2 tonnes of gingerbread dough, 120kg of honey, 28kg of ground spices, 32kg of icing sugar and 312 eggs, the model town features 300 intricately and colourfully decorated houses, two moving chocolate trains, a Christmas tree decorated with coloured icing as well as Santa Claus and other characters.