Before Christmas I went with my parents to visit graves of my grandparents and aunt. Poland being a Catholic country has huge cemeteries with millions of graves. People visit graves of their relavites regularly and they leave flowers and lit candles.
This is a chapel at an old cemetery
View of the cemetery where are my maternal grandparents and paternal gradmother.
We had some very wet snow for 1 day and it melted the following day as the temperature continues to be above 0C. The first photo below was taken from the window of my parents unit and the following photos even captured falling snow flakes. It does look magical but believe me it often doesnt feel magical when it is wet and cold around you.
Ever since I was a little girl I remember that decorating a Christmas tree was a special ritual each year at my home as this was my Mums passion and over many years she collected thousands of different decorations. A lot of them are older than me and they are hand made of glass. I still remember lying on a sofa with my sister as children and picking our favourite decorations. It is special to be back home at this time of the year and to experience my Mums Christmas tree again. Below are some photos.
I arrived in Poland a week ago and it was such a great surprise for my parents, they nearly had to pinch themselves to believe that it was me. My Dad opened the door, went silent and then called my Mum saying there was someone at the door for her. They were both stunned but very happy, my Mum had to ring her sister straight away to tell her and my Dad was telling everyone he met next morning when he went to buy some bread. They said it was a surprise of a life time so it was worth the effort.
It has been quite cool since I arrived, around +3 degrees during the day but it is quite mild for this time of the year. It looks like we won't have white Christmas this year as snow is not predicted for a while yet.
A photo taken while we went for a walk with my sister.
My sister during the walk.
A little chapel in the forest, quite traditional for this region of Poland.