Christmas Family Portrait | Jacksonville NC | Women Portrait

My sister dining room on Christmas Eve.

There is nothing better than holiday season. The smell, decorations, food, anticipation and Christmas Carols bring out kid in me. I remember when I was child we would get Christmas tree up on 23rd or 24th of December. We would hang on it ornaments, passed on from generation to generation, paper link- chain made from colorful scrap paper and dry sliced oranges.                                    

On a morning of 24th we would iron white linen table cloth and prepare table. Nice sliver-wear and dishes would pop out from the deepest corner of china cabinet. Smell of fresh tree would excite for few gifts which would "magically" appear underneath of it

           My sister cooking.It is never ending chopping, stirring and cleaning.

           

And than we would wait for a first star to sit to dinner. In best clothes and cheerful mood we would break bread and wish each other Merry Christmas. We would kiss each other on cheek and hug with great excitement, before we sat to feast. 12 dishes for 12 Apostles, and one empty plate in case someone will come to your door and seek food and warmth. There is no meat , just fish. Red soup with small raviolis, hot cabbage, boiled potatoes, herring, and so much more.

       

Atos waiting for a first Start

As we would fill out the belies, children would sit with great anticipation to open gifts. As the pile of ripped rapping paper would grow, we would have some cake and chat and laugh....and eat some more. At midnight drunk on wine, food and good humor we would go to church to sign Christmas Carols with family, neighbors and strangers. That night is all about Merry Christmas.

 

My beautiful sister and her home made dinner. All food from scratch. She is amazing cook. 

                             My beautiful sister and her home-made dinner. All food from scratch.

There is nothing better than holiday season. The smell, decorations, food, anticipation and Christmas Carols bring out kid in me. I remember when I was child we would get Christmas tree up on 23rd or 24th of December. We would hang on it ornaments pass on from generation to generation, paper link- chain I made myself from colorful scrap paper and dry sliced oranges. 

On a morning of 24th we would iron white linen table cloth and prepare table. Nice sliver-wear and dishes would pop out from the deepest corner of china cabinet. Smell of fresh tree would excite for few gifts which would "magically" appear underneath of it

And than we would wait for a first star to sit to dinner. In best clothes and cheerful mood we would break bread and wish each other Merry Christmas. We would kiss each other on cheek and hug with great excitement, before we sat to feast. 12 dishes for 12 Apostles, and one empty plate in case someone will come to your door and seek food and warmth. There is no meat , just fish. Red soup with small raviolis, hot cabbage, boiled potatoes, herring, and so much more.

As we would fill out the belies, children would sit with great anticipation to open gifts. As the pile of ripped rapping paper would grow, we would have some cake and chat and laugh....and eat some more. At midnight drunk on wine, food and good humor we would go to church to sign Christmas Carols with family, neighbors and strangers. That night is all about Merry Christmas.

As I am approaching another holiday season away from Poland and my family, I carry great sorrow in my heart that I will not be able to be there, but I also have great joy that I experience the most beautiful Christmas there is. Christmas which is about family and love, and not what we will get but what we already have.

So before we will spin out of the control in shopping madness, just stop for one second. Write real Christmas Card to someone you love and cherish. Call old friend. Call your mother ;) be marry about your life.

xoxo


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