Hello everyone! My name is Kasia and I’m from Poland. I’m 29 and I will start living in Singapore permanently from May 2020, after getting married to my fiancé, who is Singaporean.

I have never spent Christmas away from home and I’d like to share my experience on how Christmas looks like in Poland and how we celebrate in my family.

December is usually very cold in my country, very often it is snowing at that time too! When I was a child it was my favourite time of the year – when I think of it, it still is!

Celebrating Christmas in school

We prepare for Christmas not only in our kitchen but in our hearts too! Leading up to Christmas, my parents and I attend special four-day recollection masses. We also attend Rorate Masses (morning masses with candles) during Advent and make Advent resolutions. As for me, it revolves trying to be better and abstaining from eating sweets till Christmas Eve which was very difficult – especially after “Santa’s visit”.

On Christmas Eve, my dad will bring a Christmas tree to the house and my job was to make it look pretty with all the glass baubles, lights and ornaments.

Christmas tree at our house, decorated by me!

I also used to make gingerbread cookies with my mom. She’s a great cook and taught me how to decorate them and place them nicely on the tree.

Now that I am all grown up, most of those traditions are still in our house and I plan to pass them on to my future children. I also look forward to learn how Catholics celebrate Advent and Christmas in Singapore.

I’d like to share with you my mother’s gingerbread cookies recipe, I’m sure you will love it!

Yummy gingerbread cookies recipe from Kasia’s mother!

Ingredients
½ cup of honey
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of ginger powder
1 teaspoons of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoons of nutmeg powder
1 teaspoons of cloves powder
100 gm of unsalted butter
½ kg of flour
3 eggs
½ cup of sour cream (18% fat)

Instructions
1. Melt the honey, sugar, spices and butter on low heat and set it aside to cool down.
2. In a big bowl, sieve the flour and mix in previously melted ingredients, three eggs and sour cream.
3. Combine together and make a dough. If necessary, add a bit of flour to help roll out the dough.
4. Use Christmas cookie cutters to make your cookies look pretty and yummy!
5. Preheat the oven to 160°C and bake for 12-15mins. Set it aside to cool when it is done.

Glaze
230 gm of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of corn syrup
3-4 tablespoons of water
Food colouring (optional)

Mix the glaze ingredients and spread it on the gingerbread cookies using a spatula. Decorate with some desiccated coconut, food sprinkles etc. Give it time to dry completely.

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