"Khrystos Rodyvsya" (Christ is born). The reply is "SlavimYeho" (Praise him).
Christmas meal starts with the first star, believed to be the star of Bethlehem
After the singing of Boh Predvichnyi ( God Eternal) the meal begins.
The Twelve Traditional Dishes starts with Kutya, a wheat berry dish with poppyseeds that has been simmering in a saucepan all day, flavored with honey..
The next dish served is a soup. My Grandmother always served Lenten Borscht or Pisnyy Borscht with tiny dumplings called 'Vushka" or small ears. However, my Mom served Cream of Wild Mushroom soup.
Appetizers such as Pickled Herring, Pickled Mushroom and Marinated Salmon(Gravlax) is served next.
The main Meatless Entrees served are Pyrohy or dumplings with two different filling; Sauerkraut and potato with cottage cheese. A wild mushroom sauce is also served to be a topping for the pyrohy
Meatless Holubtchi or cabbage rolls, Cabbage rolls, 2016, Nalysnyky or crepes with cottage cheese filling, Mushroom sauce and pan seared Haddock or Salmon. Fish Balls are delicious and popular with the young children.
A sweet Pyrohy are delicious with a fruit filling like, Prunes, Plums or Cranberry!
For dessert, assortment of Christmas baking with fruitcake and pampushky are served.
I am posting my recipes as I prepare the dishes for this year's Christmas Eve meal.
Here is another beautiful site to check out on 12 Ukrainian dishes for Christmas Eve