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piątek, 28 grudnia 2012

Every Christmas around the world, families decorate trees for the holiday. In Poland, that tradition includes beautiful glass ornaments that are often handpainted with scenes of the holiday. The most common ornament is a "bombka," or a thin, blown-glass ball that is hollow inside. These fragile beauties catch the light from your Christmas lights like you wouldn't believe.

I recorded this movie in Jacek Seweryńki's factory near Częstochowa, Poland.

If you like to see how much one has to pay for balls you've seen on the movie, click here:


The history of the Polish Christmas ornament is long and diverse. Poland officially took its place as a leader in the manufacture of beautiful glass bulbs in the late 19th Century. At that time they offered absolutely breathtaking Christmas tree adornments for quite cheap.

The Polish market and manufacturing companies offered wonderful glass fruit, they also specialized in paper adornments that consisted of angels, various figurines, and stars. Delicate paper mache figures were also widely produced and quite popular.

In the year 1911 decorations were produced by the masses and widely distributed. One of the mostly widely sought after and popular ornaments were the glass oplatk which held appeal as far back as the 17th century by royalty but were now available to everyone to enjoy. Everywhere you looked in Poland during Christmas time there were decorations galore.

Such leading artist names as Zofia Stryjenska and Jacek Mierzejewski took the forefront in the manufacture of these delicate trinkets. It was a magical time for Christmas in Poland during those thriving years. The production was amazing, the demand was literally world wide, and the country thrived through Christmas ornaments.

Unfortunately, World War II hit the country with devastation. The production of the beautiful ornaments dwindled as the country fought to survive as Hitler stormed the countryside and the Russians hit from the other side to take on the advancing German forces. There were no materials to manufacture the decorations and no way to export them as the War raged.

When the War came to a close there was mass devastation in Poland and the country and its people would fight to survive. As time passed the Polish ornament industry managed to regain its footing in the glass blown ornament industry. These quality pieces again sprang to the forefront of the worlds eyes and the demand became huge. These ornaments were entirely glass mouth blown. They were called bombki and are now one of the most widely collected of all Christmas vintage items. They are quite rare and fantastic to behold.

During the years of Communist rule most of the Christmas ornament companies were very small and privately owned. It was hard to manufacture freely because of the Anti Christian Communist regime and the various regulations that they imposed on the manufactures.

Today the world popularity of Polish Christmas ornaments has again gained a huge following. These delicate ornaments are not only manufactured on a large scale in Poland but also worldwide as many companies seek to make their ornaments Polish in design, look, and style.

To the collector of Christmas ornaments true vintage Polish pieces are still in demand and they often command extremely high dollars. Nothing seems to truly capture the magic of the Season the way that these lovely holiday decorations do.

Poland will continue to produce amazingly detailed Christmas ornaments that hold mass appeal but the legacy and the grander of the Pre War era may be gone forever. However, this time can be remembered with the pursuit of the vintage Polish ornaments. I have a personal weakness for these pieces and I collect them when I manage to find affordable decorations on such sites as Ebay. To me they reflect the glamor of a bygone era in Christmas history.


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czwartek, 27 grudnia 2012

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czwartek, 13 grudnia 2012
31 years ago in People's Republic of Poland was introduced by gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski the Martial Law. Remembering all of the victims of the communist regime and being grateful to them for our today's democracy. Proud to be Polish!

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wtorek, 11 grudnia 2012

Pictures by Małgorzata Rosa

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