Christmas Eve, to us, means a sumptuous meatless family dinner, "Vigilia" in Polish, and the
sharing of the oplatek, another Polish tradition in which each person has a wafer from which every other
person takes three pieces and makes three New Year's Wishes for that person. It's a wonderful tradition in which people circle throughout the
room, wishing all kinds of neat things for each other. This year finds Tommy in California, and we all love and missed
you a lot, Tommy!!
Merry Christmas 2000!!
Mary and Babci.
Steve and Mike share the oplatek.
Mary makes three wishes for Babci.
Steve makes three wishes for Mom. one probably started "i wish you will buy me... ."
Mary wishes for Steve included "Good luck with the women!"
Obligatory Post-Wish Hug.
Dad wishes for Mary included "Continued good luck with your relationships."
Babci beams as the wafer and wishes are shared.
Christmas Eve 3:12 a.m.
Christmas Morning! Sam opens the first present.
Dad opens the 2nd present.
The unwrapping unfolds
Sam gets the hang of it.
Mike's "favorite gift" jelliebellies from Mary
Steve is pleased.
Mary, Thea and Sam.
The boys in a rare, bonding moment
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