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PF Photo Contest - Christmas Customs and Traditions (12/22-12/28)

  1. Dec 22, 2012 #1


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    Christmas Customs and Traditions

    It is a Christmas time, so it is hardly surprising that Christmas is a subject of this week contest. There are many local customs and traditions related to Christmas - dishes, ways of decorating Christmas tree, midnight Mass, nativity plays and scenes and so on. Some of them are typical for nations or regions, some are just a part of family tradition and are unknown to anyone else in the world. Share your favorite Christmas related custom or tradition with other PFers!

    Merry Christmas everyone,


    P.S. I know it is not a contest for everyone, as not all PFers celebrate Christmas. I will add "Holiday Customs and Traditions" to the list of future contests, to give everyone a chance one day.

    Contest Rules:

    1. Any digital photo or digitally-scanned photo relevant to the theme will be accepted within the contest period. In case there's a gray area, or you're not sure if the picture is suitable, check with me first.

    2. Please resize your digital photo to no more than 800 x 600 or 600 x 800 pixels. You may also crop your picture if you wish. You are also allowed to adjust the brightness and contrast of your picture but these should not dramatically alter the look of the picture. But other than those, any form of picture editing or modification is not allowed. This is a photo contest, not a picture editing/special effect contest. You may add a watermark or your name/nickname to the photo for identification purposes.

    3. Upload your photos to any of the photo servers such as imageshack or photobucket. Then post it the relevant contest thread and link your picture using the img command. PM me if you do not know how.

    4. Only ONE picture per member per contest. Once a picture is posted, it cannot be changed other than a total withdrawl by that member from that week's photo contest. Exceptions will be made for modification to comply with the rules, such as resizing.

    5. At the end of the contest period, I will open a poll and every PF member can vote for the picture they like best.

    6. Note that in case we have a large number of entries, I will do the polling in more than one thread. If that's the case, you can vote in each of the polling threads. The photos will be assigned in the polling threads in the order they were submitted.

    7. These pictures must be something that you took, not something taken off someone else's photo albums or taken by someone else. I have no way of checking if you did this, so we'll go by the honor system.

    8. You can use a picture only once. Once it is used in a contest, it cannot be reused in another contest.

    9. Please post only pictures meant for submission in this thread. Photos not meant for submission must not be posted in the contest thread. Posting of more than one photos by a member may result in an automatic disqualification from the week's contest.
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  3. Dec 27, 2012 #2


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    Re: Christmas Customs and Traditions (12/22-12/28)



    (Figure from crib in a large collection in the Archbishop's Palace in Bressanone/Brixen South Tirol, Italy, probably 150-200 years old.)

    It is typical of a general iconographic tradition that is conveying that the cult is understood as from the first moment Universal and of all races and conditions of men, shepherds and kings...

    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.
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  4. Dec 28, 2012 #3


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    Re: Christmas Customs and Traditions (12/22-12/28)


    Yeast bread (sweet, with raisins), cold cut (if that's the proper word for this type of the meat - it can be a ham or a good quality sausage - for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krakowska) and ćwikła - relish made of cooked grated beets and grated horseradish (not to mention salt, sugar and vinegar or lime juice). This combination was brought by my maternal granddads from Lwów (now in Ukraine) where they originally lived, but as Poland moved a little bit to the west after WWII they settled in Warsaw. It is rare here, in central Poland, but typical in the SE.

    Actually it is not only a Christmas tradition - we make it also for Easter. But it is THE taste of holidays from my childhood.
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