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Born Among Us - Day 18

This szopka scene is an example of the colourful and often elaborate nativity scenes created in homes of people in the Krakow area of Poland. Anywhere between 12cm and 2m in height, they usually include a model of an actual church, and may also include extra layers with characters from the both Polish history and present day life.

On Christmas Eve, families may share in ritual ceremony where oplatek (holy bread) wafers are shared as a sign of forgiveness, reconciliation and hope.  This simple yet beautiful ceremony recalls the birth of Jesus and the promise of peace and goodwill to all. 

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