French Christmas Decor & Paris Holiday {Part 1}

Paris Christmas decorations with macarons Christmas trees #Laduree #ParisChristmas #FrenchChristmas

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
own holidays.

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Do you know about Christmas celebration traditions in France?

Joyeux Noel chalkboard silver tray #FrenchChristmas #ParisChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration

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.”

Pere Noel costume on a cute fluffy dog

I’m makin a list!

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.
Hold on.

Allow hope to find you just where you are. (My own hope is deepening – I shared thoughts about it here.)

Printemps, Paris at Christmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration

And just like that…we’re off to Paris!


French Christmas decor on Hello Lovely Studio

French Christmas decor on Hello Lovely Studio

1. The French truly know their way around a romantic dining experience.


French Christmas decor with bistro set and lighted star outside on wall on Hello Lovely Studio

French Christmas decor on Hello Lovely Studio


I will meet you here any day, any time.


French Christmas decor with white reindeer and vintage books on Hello Lovely Studio

French Christmas decor on Hello Lovely Studio


White quiets everything beautifully.


French Christmas decor Paris exterior of Chanel on Hello Lovely Studio

French Christmas decor on Hello Lovely Studio



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.


Amber glass candleholders on mantel in Paris apartment #FrenchChristmas #Parisapartment

French Christmas decor on Hello Lovely Studio


Isn’t this warm textural goodness?


Paris Christmas decorations with macarons Christmas trees #Laduree #ParisChristmas #FrenchChristmas

French Christmas decor on Hello Lovely Studio


If you have visited Laduree in Paris (or elsewhere),
then you know what the Patisserie fuss is about.


Paris in winter in snow with steep stairs #Pariswinter #FrenchChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


Could you dig it if this was your winter daily workout?

Colorful ornaments on festive white Christmas tree #FrenchChristmas #ParisChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


I take back everything I have ever said about
bold color being too overstimulating.


White lights, bicycle with basket, and charming Christmas decor in a #ParisApartment #FrenchChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


Don’t you love it when you can make it snow inside?


Paris building exterior strung with fresh garland and pinecones #ParisChristmas #FrenchChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


I need more pinecones in my life.


Beautiful pink frosted cupcake with noel #FrenchChristmas #Noel #cupcakedecorating

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


I would blog all day long in exchange for one of these.


Romantic white French Christmas decorated room #FrenchChristmas #ParisChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


Can’t take my eyes off of this monochromatic wonder.


Elegant Paris apartment with paneled walls and #herringbonefloor

French Christmas Decor Inspiration




Christmas greenery on vintage brass door lever #FrenchChristmas #vintagedoor

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


So simple lovely, it hurts.


Laduree exterior with Christmas trees and lights #ParisChristmas #FrenchChristmas #Laduree

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


More Laduree grandeur, and more IS more.

The Magic of Paris at Christmas #ParisChristmas #FrenchChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


Loving the grandeur and scale of the Christmas tree decorations.

Eiffel Tower Christmas in Paris #FrenchChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


Now this just shouts French Christmas!


Paris shop window decor with white Christmas trees #ParisChristmas #FrenchChristmas #whiteChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


I think this  is Chanel.


Paris Christmas decor with white tree near French balcony #FrenchChristmas #whiteChristmastree #ParisChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


Don’t you love the idea of a matte grey bulbs?
Also matte grey bulbs + a Paris balcony?


Romantic Paris apartment decorated for Christmas #FrenchChristmas #ParisChristmas

French Christmas Decor Inspiration


Imagine this same scene after the sun sets…

Elegant ornamental French stone fireplace filled with candles and candlesticks

French Christmas Decor Inspiration

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.






  1. Teresa C
    December 16, 2017 / 6:07 am

    You are the best Cheer-er Upper there is! God bless you & Merry Christmas!

    • December 16, 2017 / 11:06 am

      So are you, Teresa! Blessings to you, friend. 🙂

  2. Kristin
    December 16, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Thank you for all the eye candy today! Lovely!

    • December 16, 2017 / 11:06 am

      Thank you for reading, Kristin. So happy to share. xox

  3. December 16, 2017 / 7:52 am

    Dear Michele,
    Your post has touched me in so many ways. My husband is in hospice care with stage four melanoma. I have saved your words on hope in the midst of grief …so beautifully written! I’ve followed your beautiful blog for years and always look forward to it’s arrival! You may just inspire me to take up my blog “The Permanent Tourist” once again tonshare my new life in the New Orleans area! Many blessings and best wishes to you during this Christmas season!

    • December 16, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Hi Melissa. Thank you for sharing your heart. I am holding you, your beloved, and this season of grief in my heart just now. Thank you for your courage, kindness, and for adding to the beauty. May you glimpse beauty and mercy as the veil between heaven and earth thins. May you find grace and wings of strength for moments of frailty. May you find peace not for another day but now, right where you are. xox

  4. Susan
    December 16, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I am fearful my computer will blow up from all the images I am capturing. It is all so beautiful. Coffee and Paris in the morning. What better way to begin this day? Thank you Michele!
    Susan in MT (wintering in AZ)

    • December 16, 2017 / 10:58 am

      Ha! Let the fancy French fireworks ignite, Susan! So glad you enjoyed. I arrived in Arizona last night – my first palm tree Christmas. 🙂

      • Susan
        December 17, 2017 / 8:36 am

        A much needed rain last night. Christmas in AZ, one needs to make their own Merry!

        • December 17, 2017 / 11:25 am

          Yes! My new little orange tree needed it, and I was half asleep thinking I must be dreaming! 🙂

  5. December 16, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Hi Michele,
    Thanks for the trip to Paris, I always wanted to see it at Christmastime! It’s all just so chic. I’ve never been a big white Christmas tree person, but the one with all the bright shiny ornaments in all different colors was so spectacular. Your blog posts are like mini vacations. Merci!

    • December 16, 2017 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks for reading, Holly. It’s funny that I have heard from Parisians who say ‘no such thing as Paris Christmas decor since we don’t decorate for Christmas’ but somehow we have these images…surely it’s not all expats? 🙂

  6. December 16, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Love the stars with streamers on the Paris Chanel building.

    • December 16, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Me too! Peace to you, Colleen. 🙂

  7. Sheila in SF
    December 16, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Paris at Christmas – beautiful images. Merry Christmas.

    • December 16, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      Merry Christmas, Sheila. 🙂

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