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    Christmas in Poland

    Boże Narodzenie w Polsce
    November 17, 2018 to February 3, 2019.

    Christmas in Poland | Knights of Columbus Museum

    The celebration of Jesus’ birth on December 25 is celebrated around the globe, with distinct customs and art forms in various countries and regions. For the 14th consecutive year, the Knights of Columbus Museum is showcasing the art and traditions of a world region as the focus of its annual Christmas exhibition.

    The Polish observance of Christmas is rich in tradition. Festivities begin December 24 with a Christmas Eve Dinner, known as wigilia, and continue through February 2 with the celebration of Candlemas. Music and art are a significant part of Christmas celebrations. Singing Kolędy (Polish carols) and making szopki (Polish Nativity scenes) are among the many activities associated with the holiday.

    Also noteworthy is that 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the reestablishment Polish independence following World War I. The Knights of Columbus Museum has an exhibit on the “Great War” too.

    Christmas in Poland features more than 100 items, some from the museum’s own collection. Also included are crèches on loan from the Glencairn Museum (Pennsylvania), the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton (Ohio), the Loyola University Museum of Art (Illinois), the Museum of International Folk Art (New Mexico), Museo del Presepio of Rome/Italian Friends of the Crèche Association and private collectors.

    The museum will also feature its annual Christmas Tree Festival, beginning December 1, 2018. This popular display of two dozen Christmas Trees highlights the imagination and talent of Connecticut elementary schoolchildren who create handmade ornaments and trim in their classrooms then travel to the museum to decorate a school tree in the theme of the Christmas exhibit.

    1st Place: Holy Trinity Catholic School, Wallingford, Grade 2 – Best Depiction of Theme

    2nd Place: East Shoreline Catholic Academy, Branford, Grade 4 – Best Variety of Materials

    3rd Place: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School, Meriden, Grade 5 – Best Use of Pinecones 


    Full List of Participating Schools:

    1) All Saints Catholic School, Norwalk, Grade 5 – Most Creative Depiction of Folk Costumes
    2) St. Theresa Catholic School, Trumbull, Grade 4 – Best Use of National Colors
    3) St. Mary Catholic School, Bethel, Grade 3 – Best Use of Wood
    4) Sacred Heart Catholic School, Groton, Grade 5 – Best Use of Felt
    5) St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, Trumbull, Grade 3 – Most Creative Nativities
    6) East Shoreline Catholic Academy, Branford, Grade 4 – Best Variety of Materials – 2nd
    7) St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Newtown, Grade 4 – Best Use of Beads
    8) St. Bernadette Catholic School, New Haven, Grade 5 – Best Pierogi Ornaments
    9) St. Bernard Catholic School, Enfield – Best Depiction of National Symbol
    10) St. John Paul II Catholic School, Middletown, Grade 5 – Best Depiction of Polish Pottery
    11) St. James Catholic School, Stratford, Grade 4 – Most Creative Use of Metallic Paper
    12) Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic School, Meriden, Grade 5 – Best Use of Pinecones – 3rd
    13) St. Bridget Catholic School, Cheshire, Grade 4 – Best Use of Plaster
    14) St. Mary St. Michael Catholic School, Derby, Grade 2 – Most Creative Use of Wrapping Paper
    15) St. Aloysius Catholic School, New Canaan, Grade 4 – Best Angels
    16) St. Lawrence Catholic School, West Haven, Grade 3 – Most Creative Ornaments
    17) St. Joseph Catholic School, Danbury, Grade 5 – Best Use of Fabric - HM
    18) Holy Trinity Catholic School, Wallingford, Grade 2 – Best Depiction of Theme – 1st
    19) St. Joseph Catholic School, Bristol, Grade 5 – Most Creative Use of Straw
    20) St. Mary Catholic School, Milford, Grade 1 – Best Use of Paint
    21) St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Watertown, Grade 5 – Best Use of Popsicle Sticks 
    22) St. Catherine Catholic Academy, Fairfield – Best Tree Topper
    23) St. Gabriel Catholic School, Windsor, Grade 5 – Most Creative Depiction of St. Nicholas – HM
    24) Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton, Grade 4 – Best Use of Styrofoam
    25) Our Lady of Mercy Preparatory Academy Private School, Madison, Grade 3 – Most Original Paper Cuttings
    26) Imago Dei Classical Academy Private School, New Britain – Best Use of Pipe Cleaners


    Mark your calendar for these exhibit-related events.

    Co Kraj, To Obiczaj • A Country Is Its Customs
    Polish Christmas Tradition from Advent to Candlemas
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 • 2 p.m.
    Presentation by Marek Czarnecki

    Christmastime Family Day
    Sunday, December 30, 2018 • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Live music by Joyful Noise
    Children’s crafts • Refreshments

    Christmas in Song
    Traditional Polish Christmas Carols
    Sunday, January 13, 2019 • 2:30 p.m.
    Performance by the Moniuszko Choir