Well, here it is, the 12th Day of Christmas and the Feast of the Three Kings, also called the Epiphany, called Trzech Kroli in Polish. On this day people in Poland take small boxes containing chalk, a gold ring, and a small piece of amber (in memory of the 3 kings) to church to be blessed. At home they inscribe +K+M+B with the chalk above all the doors to bring good luck thorugh all the year. You can read the details here: http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/polishchristmastraditions/a/threekings.htm. They also may bake King Cake with a lucky coin in it.
So tonight I will light all my lights for the last time and enjoy the warm glow of it. I’ll even have the back yard lights on, even if I’m the only one to enjoy them. Then over the weekend I can start putting stuff away.