Christmas in France

Usually during this time of year I am much too busy planning a trip back to the States to really pay attention to the festivities going on around here.  At this time last year, Nathan and I were already back in the States enjoying all things American like Starbucks and shopping.

The only other Christmas I spent in France was the one when Nathan was born, and I was much too sleep deprived to really notice anything around me.

But this year I really want to make an effort to get out and enjoy Christmas time in France.  Maybe it's the fact that I want to make happy Christmas memories for Nathan.  That even though his mom gets homesick, he should still be allowed to revel in the holiday magic.

So Cornel and I have decided (ok, I have decided) that we will go out and cram as much holiday cheer as we possibly can!

We've seen the tree downtown...

The tree at Place Jaude

We've been to the Christmas market by the Cathedral...and enjoyed the holiday food.

The Christmas market at Place de la Victoire with the Cathedral in the back

Aligot (mashed garlic cheesy potatoes) with saucisse and a hot wine

We've even take a tour of our little suburb (Chamalieres) in the evening to enjoy the lights and the Christmas tree.

the tree in downtown Chamalieres in front of the church

the lights at the Parc de Montjoly in Chamalieres

And what do we have to show for all of this wonderful holiday cheer that we are sharing with the boy?

A crying, screaming very unhappy toddler!  If that doesn't say Christmas cheer I don't know what does.

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Kiddothings said...

Haha! That was an anti-climax! ;)

Great pictures and I'm glad you've gone out to enjoy the holiday mood in France this year, for the sake of a crying screaming very unhappy toddler! ;) Happens to me practically EVERYDAY!

Quiana said...

LOVE European Christmas markets! Looks like you're soaking it all in. Good for you!

blueviolet said...

It's particularly gorgeous at Chamaliere, even though your little one doesn't appreciate it. ;)

Kelli said...

Beautiful photos. Your suburb looks amazing. France is so on my to-do list.

Your son is adorable. Crying and all!

Liene said...

And you're sure he wasn't crying because he was overwhelmed by the beauty of it all? :)

Natalie said...

Ha ha that's too funny. LOL he really loved it mom...just totally tired after all the Christmas excitement!

Nieves said...

How nice to share here your Christmas stroll! It is so nice especially Chamaniere and the market by the Cathedral and the Cathedral itself, all the photos are so nice, even Nathan crying. Thanks for sharing them and many hugs and kisses (and a big one for Nathan)!

Mark said...

Screaming his head off or not, he's still the cutest little thing.
Happy Christmas Cramming!

Missy said...

Haha! Sometimes things WE think are great ideas are not so great to them! But he'll love the memories later.

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

Haha!!! Well, I enjoyed the Christmas in France tour. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What beautiful pictures! There is something special about Christmas lights.

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