Since we have been enjoying all things Swedish
and Scandinavian Christmas ,
it seems only fair we flit over to Paris
to devour French deliciousness
and glean romantic decorating
ideas to inspire our
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Do you know about Christmas celebration traditions in France?
Traditionally, the Nativity scene is displayed
until February 2nd (this day is known as
La Chandeleur and is 40 days after Christmas Day.
Le Réveillon de Noel is Christmas Eve Dinner,
and at midnight, French families eat a special
meal to celebrate the very beginning of
Christmas Day (Noël).
The French call Santa Claus Père Noël and sing
“Vive le vent” (Long Live the Wind) to the tune
of “Jingle Bells.”
I hope you are finding pockets of peace
to enjoy the splendor of the season and
slowing down enough to notice the beauty
all around you in nature and in the kindness
of others…if the season has not yet felt kind,
take heart in knowing you are never alone
in your grief, and it will pass. It will.
Allow hope to find you just where you are. (My own hope is deepening – I shared thoughts about it here.)
And just like that…we’re off to Paris!
1. The French truly know their way around a romantic dining experience.
I will meet you here any day, any time.
White quiets everything beautifully.
I once submitted a review of a Chanel fashion show
and as part of a challenge from the editor of
Vogue Italia…no idea if it was published, but
I prefer to believe it showed up somewhere in Italian.
Isn’t this warm textural goodness?
If you have visited Laduree in Paris (or elsewhere),
then you know what the Patisserie fuss is about.
Could you dig it if this was your winter daily workout?
I take back everything I have ever said about
bold color being too overstimulating.
Don’t you love it when you can make it snow inside?
I need more pinecones in my life.
I would blog all day long in exchange for one of these.
Can’t take my eyes off of this monochromatic wonder.
So simple lovely, it hurts.
More Laduree grandeur, and more IS more.
Loving the grandeur and scale of the Christmas tree decorations.
Now this just shouts French Christmas!
I think this is Chanel.
Don’t you love the idea of a matte grey bulbs?
Also matte grey bulbs + a Paris balcony?
Imagine this same scene after the sun sets…
21. Someone likes candles a little.
See Part Two with even more French Christmas and Paris Holiday inspiration!
Peace to you right where you are.