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The Forgotten Christmas Tradition

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 10 The forgotten Christmas tradition I chose originated in Poland. This tradition is called the Christmas Wafer (in English). The Christmas Wafer is special bread, similar to the bread used for communion during Mass; it is made of flour and water. Before the Christmas Eve meal and after grace is the traditional time you would pass around the wafer. It starts with the man of the household and his wife, and then the oldest person goes next (it could be a guest or a family member). After all the...

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Fasting and Abstaining Before the Christmas Feast

Essay finalist in the 2016 ‘Basket of Cheer’ Contest | Grade 10 Many traditions are still alive today because people who value them have passed them on to others. Christmas Eve Traditions One such tradition, largely forgotten in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, is the practice of abstaining from meat on the vigil of an important feast day. Christmas is one such important feast day. For instance, Italians cook the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Though my family is not Italian, we observe this tradition in our own way. My family incorporates several recipes from...

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