There's something a little strange going on in Poland.. it's the end of January, and all of the Christmas decorations are still up! Did someone forget to take them down or are they just ultra prepared for Christmas 2011? I heard that they will be up till early February, which seems rather late to me, but they're not bad to look at in the meantime.
Apparently most Poles don't take down their Christmas trees and decorations till around the same time either, it's traditional to leave everything in place until the local priest has visited and blessed the home, then they come down. A busy time for priests then, but maybe not for much longer. A friend told me that she took her decorations down before the priest had been, and many people no longer even let him into their homes or donate money to the church which has always been part of the traditional routine.
This is another indication of progressive Poland; people seem to be moving away from their previously very strongly held Catholic beliefs and traditions. As I've said before I think it's a shame to see tradition being gradually eroded here in Polska, it may be a very different country in a few years time. I just hope they keep the soups.