Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A wet Christmas

It should be a quiet day around the neighborhood. The tradition in France is for families to get together on Christmas Eve for a big meal and the Christmas celebration, called le réveillon, including (for some) midnight mass. I noticed that the lights were on very late (at 3:00 this morning) in one neighbor's house.

A felt nutcracker ornament, made by my mom many years ago.

Consequently, people tend to sleep in on Christmas morning. Ken and I did our traditional cheese fondue yesterday (and neither of us took a single picture of it) and went to bed at the normal time. So we're up at the normal time. And it's raining outside.

While many French families eat leftovers today, we will prepare our Christmas dinner (for lunch) around the special local chicken that the butcher delivered yesterday. We're making a chestnut stuffing and will bake a squash from the garden and serve some green beans that we grew last summer. Maybe we'll remember to take some pictures this time.


  1. Joyeux Noel, Walt - and to those who are closest and mean mostest to you. Do have 'un jour merveilleux'!

  2. Merry Christmas, Walt.
    Like you we decided on a quiet evening...
    We had "Géline de Touraine" soup... terrine de biche from our butcher and a biere de Noel from the local micro-brasserie Pigeonelle... coffee and your recipe biscotti to dunk in it!
    And then went to bed late after listening to music and sipping an Islay single malt.
    A lovely, civilised way to enter the end of the year... enjoy your Dame Noire and don't forget to convert her cvarcass into soup... s'wunderful!!

  3. good day to you; hope pere noel brought you something nice!

  4. Love the ornament! Enjoy that bird. Fog here, but no rain yet...Merry Christmas

  5. Merry Christmas! I'm getting around to the Internet rather late in the day.

  6. Merry Christmas, all!

    Love the ornament, Walt :))

  7. Walt and Callie went out for the afternoon walk and got caught in two or three brief but heavy downpours. That is the kind of weather we are having. But it is not cold.

  8. Merry Christmas to you both...seems as if you had a wonderful peaceful day.

  9. Walt

    Hope the stuffing was good. Merry Xmas.

  10. We are doing the leftovers too - probably into the new year.
    Happy Christmas !


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