Anna Kucewicz

February 10, 2018
The WWII Polish deportations – still an untold story

For years few spoke about it. Many shared the feeling  “You didn’t want to tell them because they wouldn’t understand or would laugh so you just closed yourself up.”  The...

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February 3, 2018
Will you be eating Pączki or Faworki for Polish Fat Thursday?

My English childminder carried out a vote amongst her children as to whether they’d like to celebrate Chinese New Year, Pancake Day or Fat Thursday and guess which one was...

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January 27, 2018
Is the obrus/tablecloth doomed?

Last year John Lewis declared that the tablecloth is on its “dying out” list. In store, many are permanently on offer. Clearly there are fewer families eating meals together at...

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January 13, 2018
5 reasons decluttering is so hard in a Polish home

Among my New Year's resolutions, is one to get a grip on my tidying abilities - in fact, to learn how to tidy. Tidying a home (particularly if you come...

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December 27, 2017
Hej Kolęda, Kolęda!

Carollers (Kolędnicy) on the whole sing about the Nativity, but in Poland the tradition of Kolęda doesn't just focus on the birth of Jesus. From 26th December, St Szczepan's (St Stephen's)...

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December 21, 2017
What’s the essence of Wigilia (Christmas Eve)?

In less than 100 hours, we will sit down to our Wigilia (Christmas Eve) feast, breaking opłatek (Christmas wafer) with our families and wishing each other our heart's desires. As...

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December 14, 2017
Messages for your Christmas cards in Polish/English

Christmas Greeting Guide Stuck on those Polish Christmas cards greetings? Feel that there's nothing to add in English to the "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" already in that Christmas...

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December 9, 2017
Last minute Polish Christmas gift guide

Polish Christmas Gift Guide Still looking for the perfect present for someone of Polish heritage or just love all things Polish?  Read on for some late ideas for friends, children...

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November 29, 2017
Your future is revealed – Andrzejki or St Andrew’s Eve

This weekend I will be getting together with a group of young girls and amongst hoots of laughter and hysterics about whether they will get married, become spinsters or nuns,...

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November 25, 2017
Farewell to three outstanding ladies

We are the poorer for the passing of three amazing women this year: Basia Zdanowicz, Luna Golińska and Krystyna Szwagrzak. Each had incredible stories of hardship and terror during the...

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