St. Pat’s hall decked for Ukrainian Christ­mas

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More than 100 Hat­ters gath­ered Fri­day evening at St. Pa­trick’s Church to cel­e­brate Ukrainian Christ­mas.

Though it ac­tu­ally hap­pened last week, the group wanted to plan a big get-to­gether so Hat­ters, Ukrainian or not, could cel­e­brate the evening and have a good time.

“More than any­thing else, this is about hav­ing fun,” said John Cher­wonogrodzky, who helped or­ga­nize the evening with his wife Karen-Anne. “We’ve got 100 peo­ple out here tonight and a lot of them are bring­ing food with them.

“We know we’re a bit late but we have a re­ally great crowd of peo­ple com­ing and we know it’s go­ing to be a fun night for ev­ery­one.”

As peo­ple ar­rived at the church John blessed each of them by dip­ping his fin­ger in honey, draw­ing a cross on their fore­head and wish­ing them suc­cess in the New Year.

“When the guests start to ar­rive the head of the house­hold greets ev­ery­one and blesses them with honey,” he said. “There’s so many tra­di­tions on dis­play tonight and the honey is one that ev­ery­one ex­pe­ri­ences.”

At­ten­dees were also greeted by an axe to pro­tect them from evil, a can­dle for the trav­eller, a bird’s nest and wheat. All of these are sta­ples at Ukrainian Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions.

Cher­wonogrodzky says there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ences be­tween Ukrainian Christ­mas and the Christ­mas on Dec. 25.

“A lot of peo­ple cel­e­brate both,” he said. “Tra­di­tion­ally with Ukrainian Christ­mas, peo­ple would do presents on Dec. 19 on St. Ni­cholas Day.

“There’s al­ways spend­ing time with fam­ily and a num­ber of plays and skits and danc­ing that goes on.”

Cher­wonogrodzky says there love to try for the first time. For peo­ple who have had them already, then they’ll know what to ex­pect out of each dish.” he said. “There’s cab­bage rolls, fish to sym­bol­ize Je­sus, big tubs of borscht and so many more that peo­ple are go­ing to was plenty to choose from on the food side.

“We’ll have all of the clas­sics, one of the most pop­u­lar is per­o­gies,”


John Cher­wonogrodzky blesses Patty Doo­nan with honey as she first gets to the Ukrainian Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion held Fri­day at St. Pat’s Church. John helped his wife Karen-Anne host the event, feed­ing roughly 100 peo­ple with a num­ber of tra­di­tional dishes.


Loretta Tomyn stirs a pot of per­o­gies Fri­day evening at St. Pat’s church dur­ing a Ukrainian Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion.

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