Yes, I am Polish. As in all my ancestors were from Poland. Of
course, at the time they came over, the country of Poland as a political entity
did not exist. Nonetheless, they were polish, and their ancestors were
polish...as far back as they could remember. Makes me believe that Adam and Eve
must have been Polish, too....right??
An interesting question: why is it that, in America, at election time,
everyone wants to know what us people of Polish extraction think? All you
hear on the news is "the Poles are saying this" and "the Poles
are saying that," and "the latest Pole is.....: I think it's quite a testament to the intelligence,
fortitude, and wisdom of people of Polish heritage that Americans in general are
so very concerned about what we believe, politically. So, if you want to
know what this Pole thinks, go to my Politics page.
If you are (or were) hearing sound, it is (or was) the Polish National
Anthem, Jeszcze Polska nie zginela . If you'd like to
download it or hear it again, click here, or
right-click and choose "save target as" to save it to your computer.
It's a MIDI file, so very small. If you'd like the words, try
Go ahead, sing along with it....no one's listening.
|Perhaps if you are from Poland or familiar with Koledy, you
can help me identify what group or person is performing this version
of Wsród Nocnej Ciszy.
This is an MP3 and is about 4 Megabytes in size, so you may want to
consider doing this only if you have a broadband connection! However, I'd
love to know who did this and where I could get more of their music.
My links to web pages of Polish Interest is broken down into the following
Christmas Carols - Christmas Carols are known as Koledy (pronounced kol-end'-ee)..just like
it's written, if you speak Polish. Poland has a rich tradition as a
stalwart supporter of the Catholic Church, dating back to about the 11th
century. Over the years, Poles have developed many beautiful Koledy
which speak to their religious devotion and the Christmas holidays:
- A Polish
Christmas - Interesting information about Koledy
as well as a collection of MIDIs
Christmas Tunes - a collection of MIDI format Koledy.
The author of this page is collecting more Polish MIDIs, so if you have any,
you might want to consider contributing.
- Polskie Koledy
- Words to many favorite Polish Christmas carols. Might also be some
other good info...if you read Polish!
- My Koledy collection: MIDIs I've collected from the web over time.
There may be duplicates here from the links above. Feel free to play or
- Polskie Koledy
-- Hey, this site is in Polish, too! Lyrics to many fine Polish
Christmas carols are here. Sorry, lyrics only here.
MVSIC)--A site with
many Polish Christmas Songs in MIDI format... from the renaissance to modern
- The lyrics to various Polish
Christmas Carols are located here.
- More Polish Kolędy Lyrics are here.
Customs - Poland is a land of many
ancient customs. My ancestors were very respectful and aware of their
heritage, and struggled to keep the "old customs" alive, even when
they had moved to a new land--America!
in the Classroom is a great place to start if you want to learn all
about Polish history and Customs
- Poland on the Web
has a great collection of links to many facets of Poland: history, culture,
geography, and more.
History and Culture - Poland is a land
rich in history and steeped in tradition. Here are some site of interest!
Christmas Customs - Poland is a land rich
in history and steeped in religious traditions. Christmas is considered
one of the holiest feasts of the year and is celebrated with great
Christmas and Traditions -- Includes links to some carols, too, as well
as other Polish Christmas Traditions.
- The Christmas
Archive - Christmas in Poland. Great information about Wigilia and Szopka.
Greetings from Poland. Check out this site, it has some nice Polish
Christmas graphics and you can send a Polish Postcard, too.
Christmas Customs from the Polish American Center
- How to observe
Polish Christmas Eve customs, brought to you by eHow.com. This
site may be a bit slow to load, but it is well worth a look!
- The Polish
Art Center sells a lot of Polish things, but also provides information
on Polish Christmas customs. Check it out!
- This site has some Old
Polish Christmas Customs. Check out the links to other Polish
Christmas things, such as recipes, carols, etc.
- Christmas in Poland,
presented by Polish World, includes links to information about Polish
Christmas Carols, food, and more.
Christmas Customs from the Polish American Journal web site.
- Christmas in Poland
from Santa's Net. A brief description of some Polish Christmas
- Learn more about Poland and it's traditions here,
including some great Christmas recipes.
- Thinking of preparing
a Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner? You might want to check
out this advice from eHow.com before you start looking for the recipes!
Recipes and Food - Nothing beats good old
fashioned Polish cooking, in my book. Check out some of the recipes at the sites
listed below, and a place where you can order pierogi online.
- Grandma's recipes (Babcia's
recipes): no, not my grandmother's recipes, but this
site contains many, many recipes, translated from Polish, that belonged to
someone else's polish grandma. A rich archive of Old World Polish recipes!
- A page full of Polish
Christmas recipes. Guaranteed to make your mouth water, just by
looking at it!
- Lots of Polish recipes here,
- The Global
Gourmet web site also has some polish recipes.
- New Poland has lots of
recipes, too, as well as other interesting information.
Commercial - Buy Polish Things Here!
These Chicago area stores, domitp.com,
carry some of the
finest products from Poland, including; Christmas ornaments, Polish Pottery,
Polish Seeds, and much much more
Polish Historical Fiction. James
Conroyd Martin has written two books about Poland in the 16th and 17th
centuries. Based on some real diaries, you may want to check these books
HippocreneBooks.com has a nice selection of Polish interest books.
Look for a new book on "Polish Holiday Cookery & Customs" by Robert Strybel,
due out in early 2003. Read the review of this new book
- The Polish American Center
is a great place to find some information on Poland and Polish
customs. Check out the link to various radio shows in Polish...of
course, you can listen on the internet, too!
- The Polonia Bookstore from Chicago
is online! A great source of book on all things Polish!
- The Polish Art Center sells a
wide variety of Polish merchandise on the web, online.
- The Polish American Journal
contains lots of books, music, and much more from Poland.
- Polish World is a great starting
place to look for all kinds of information on Poland and all things polish.
- PolArt is another site with lots of
polish things for sale.
- The Polish Peddler sells
a variety of Polish and novelty items online.
- Polish Treasures has an
online catalog, as well
- New Poland has lots of information
about Poland, including current news!