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Polish people believe that the way you spend Christmas Eve is a preview of what you can expect next year. That is why you should avoid engaging in activities that you would not want to do all year long! The rule may apply to cleaning, fixing things, but also arguing with others. Try to reconcile with those you have quarrelled with and make this day special for yourself and everyone around you.
In a similar way, it is considered unlucky to lend anything to others or to spend money on the day of Christmas Eve. If you do, you will be short of money in the coming year. On the other hand, if you have any debts, remember to pay them off by Christmas or by the end of the year to avoid financial problems in the future. Just start the new year with a clean slate!
As luck would have it - Poland's oddest superstitions
It is an old Polish tradition to prepare a lavish twelve-dish supper on Christmas Eve - the number twelve represents the disciples of Jesus or the months of the year. You had better prepare for this feast, because Poles believe you should taste each dish to be granted good fortune. Do not forget to have a piece of makowiec (a poppy seed cake) as poppy seeds are said to bring you wealth.
You may find it surprising that fried carp is one of the most iconic Christmas dishes in Poland. As tradition has it, you should keep a few scales of your Christmas carp and carry them in your wallet all year round. Why? It is said that the scales will attract more money into your life! Well, it won’t hurt to try it...
Do you have any Christmas-related superstitions in your countries?
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Click here! On animals and idleness - a little dictionary of Polish Christmas (part one)