You Know You're Polish-American When...
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You Know You're Polish-American When...

Poland may be one of the most overlooked countries in Europe. I mean, it's beautiful.

However, it's not just Poland, the country, that's amazing. The Polish-American population is steadily growing, with the 2000 census estimating just under nine million in the U.S. Even though it may be the most underappreciated demographic, Polish-Americans have customs and traditions that set them apart from all else. Some people might ask you what's so great about being Polish-American, but there are so many reasons it's impossible to list them all.

Although most people don't understand the excitement or pride of being Polish-American, there is something special about the ancestry. After all, you know you're a Polish-American when...

1. Your grandmom is actually your Bobcia.

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2. You may sing "Happy Birthday," but it's just as likely that you sing "Sto Lat."

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3. You may not understand exactly how the Polish language works or why the letters make the sounds they do, but you definitely have the vocabulary to talk extensively about Polish food.


4. Your superstore's pierogi supply is never as complete as you hoped and, chances are, their pierogi aren't as good as homemade, anyway.

5. However, they are better than no pierogi.


6. When you find a Polish bakery or restaurant, you're overjoyed.

7. No holiday is complete without kiełbasa and sauerkraut.

8. You're always super excited for Fat Tuesday, which also means it's Pączki Day

9. It's not Christmas without the sharing of the Oplatek.

10. People may tell you that there's nothing good about being Polish...

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11. Ignore them because, honestly, there's nothing better.

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