Oplatki: a Polish Christmas tradition

The tradition of the breaking of bread at home on Christmas Eve is a fascinating one. Take a look at this article, and note how the tradition connects the family at home to the church’s liturgical practices. Good liturgical art does this: it brings to mind what we receive on Sunday, aiding people in the expression of love for the neighbor and the ongoing forgiveness of sins outside the church as well as inside. The beautiful designs of pressed wafer bread stems from the same root of culinary tradition as ornate communion bread and springerle.

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