The Christmas Eve begins at the appearance of the first star.
The supper, which includes many traditional dishes and deserts, can sometimes last for over two hours. The supper begins with the breaking of the wafer. Everyone at the table breaks off a piece and eats it as a symbol of their unity with Christ. They then share a piece with each family member.
A tradition exists among some families to serve twelve different dishes at Christmas Eve symbolizing the Twelve Apostles.
A traditional Christmas meal in Poland includes fried carp and borscht with ravioli, carp, dumplings, For desert, poppy-seed cake, gingerbread.