Another Christmas season means another Christmas Eve vigil (Wigilia).  This year, PACT and TPGS (Toledo Polish Genealogy Society) once again teamed up to mark the most important day of the Christmas season for Polish people.  Wigilia traditions  this year included  lighting of the first candle, sharing of oplatek, and a meatless meal of traditional Polish dishes.  Guest speaker Lidia Ebersole gave us a look into Wigilia in Poland.  She is a native of Poland and has spent 26 years celebrating Christmas in her homeland.  Now as a citizen of the US, she shared her in depth knowledge and experience of the traditions her family follows during this most sacred time.  She also shared many of her personal pictures of Christmas in Poland.  Stan Machosky and Jackie Konwinski were the emcees of the evening and Gayle Sparagowski worked tirelessly in the kitchen to deliver a delicious meal.  Kolendy (Christmas Carols) were lead by Rob Szczublewski, John Drozdowski and Lidia Ebersole.  Thank you to all who helped with the preparations for this year’s Wigilia and to John Drozdowski for taking photos.25438584_10211043247092258_2250149434977844302_o 25438794_10211043228011781_3778563863842657899_o 25440022_10211043234091933_9067692089506260007_o 25440047_10211043260252587_1531383165619682012_o 25440124_10211043261892628_2632955019331956459_o 25487166_10211043267092758_7957588714451057569_o 25487371_10211043226411741_7940432521469857810_o 25488206_10211043275012956_1566041731483996244_o 25488330_10211043248212286_4176185175889338046_o