Christmas the French Way With Nathan

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We’re wishing you joyeux Noël with tips on the French celebration of Christmas from our Business Analyst Nathan. You have to dust off your best French accent to read this… 😉

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Christmas is:

Family, joy + happiness, good food, decorating the tree, and gifts!

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Image (right) sourced: myfrenchlife.org

In France, we all have an advent calendar (with chocolate!) at the beginning of December. We decorate the house with a tree, heaps of lights around the house –we even participate in a Christmas decoration competition sometimes! – and watch a lot of holiday movies.

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Image (right) sourced: po-ferries-uk.co.uk

On Christmas Eve, all the family meets around 7pm and has the BIGGEST dinner of the entire year. Every year, Christmas is hosted by a different family member, and everyone brings a dish.

We usually have a lot of seafood (oysters, prawns, lobster etc), foie gras pâté, a roasted rooster stuffed with all the good produce on offer, and a traditional Yule log for dessert (bûche de Noël) – we don’t hear about pudding. (Quite! – click here for Nigella’s Yule Log recipe.)

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Then we stay at the table to discuss, play cards etc. Finally, around 11pm, we gather around the tree and exchange presents. 🙂 Gifts can be anything; something useful, something pretty, something funny. Something French and luxurious – if you’ve saved enough money to please your mum – like Dior, Chanel, LV wallets etc. (Nice!)

Catching up and spending some quality time with the family is the best thing about the season… and obviously the FOOD!

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Image sourced: cchristmaspicturesc.hol.es

Nathan’s Christmas picks

A nice Scandinavian-style Otto 3-seater sofa to watch movies together – they are so big! – or to cuddle your loved one. (Ahhhh.)

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Some Maxwell & Williams dishes to contain all the festive food, or maybe a Chasseur Iron Oval French Oven to make an amazing rooster/turkey/goose/whatever-poultry-you-may-fancy-recipe!

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An Ecoya Candle & Diffuser Gift Set in French Pear (of course!) for a touch of fragrance in the air.

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Hot tip for surviving Christmas

Don’t eat too much chocolate even if the temptation is high, and do your Christmas shopping well ahead (if you want to avoid the Christmas madness)!

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Thanks, Nathan! You’re so chic. The French achieve everything with flair.

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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.