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Many cultures, many Christmas traditions in the Mohawk Valley

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Across the Mohawk Valley, locals are celebrating Christmas Eve in many different ways.

At Senshine Market, owner Gregory Sen, from Belarus, is busy taking care of customers looking for authentic Russian touches for their holiday celebrations.

He says fish is one of the biggest sellers along with meat and candy for a festive feel.

"People are very happy because they celebrate in America and they have everything," said Sen.

Across town, Polaski Meat Market is packed with people buying traditional Polish items for their meals.

Among the most popular, perogies, a semicircular dumpling with any of various fillings, which the store makes in 13 different varieties.

"They are handmade, fully cooked, and you just fry them up with water," said Barbara Bulawa, Owner, Polaski Meat Market

Also a must have: Polish wafers.

"You break the wafer among the family and exchange Christmas wishes," said Bulawa. "It is just our tradition."

Whatever your tradition is, we hope your holiday season is filled with lots of love, laughter, and good food.

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