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Christmastime Once Again!

December 3rd, 2011 · 10 Comments


This is the first Christmas Patrick and I will spend in our apartment since returning to Paris.  In 2009 we packed up all our things and shipped them back to France, so that year we spent Christmas at my mom’s house in Pittsburgh.  Wonderful memories with Katarina, mom, and the rest of the family playing games around the dining room table, baking cookies, and looking at the snow falling….


….and falling ….and falling!!!

Katarina, Holly, Rose, Joey, and Patrick in Time Square.

It was the same year Patrick and I took off with Rose, Holly, Katarina and Joey who had all come up from Texas to spend the holidays at mom’s as well and we went to New York City for New Year’s Eve at Time Square!  What an experience that was!


Last year we went to Normandy for Christmas with Patrick’s parents.  His brother Bruno and Bruno’s wife, Gina,  came with their beautiful children and we had a great time, not to mention all the time we spent around the dining room table as well, but mostly eating and drinking rather than playing games!


This year, however, we decided to stay home and spend Christmas in Paris.  Patrick’s parents will come and spend the holidays here with us and perhaps Julien (Patrick’s son) will come up from Nice to celebrate with us.

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Russian Tea Cakes/Mexican Wedding Cookies – Rugelach

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Swiss Spitzbuben                                  Walnut and Pecan Tassies

I spent the past weekend decorating the tree and the apartment and I am now full speed ahead into the Christmas spirit.  Soon I’ll start making my usual 4 standard Christmas cookies:  Russian Tea Cakes/Mexican Wedding Cookies, Swiss Spitzbuben, Walnut and Pecan Tassies, and Raspberry and Peach Rugelach with nuts and cinnamon.  This year I think I’ll try Mirabelle, Rhubarb, and Reine-Claude Rugelach – no plain old sugar cookies for me!!!  Then I’ll start writing our Christmas cards and before you know it the Holidays will be here and gone!


This weekend we plan on visiting the Marché de Noël on the Champs-Elysées and *sigh* Mark & Spencer!!!  I am so happy that they have returned to Paris!  It was one of my favorite places to shop in the 80’s and 90’s.


I was just telling Patrick a few weeks ago when we were looking at the Christmas decorations at Galleries Lafayette and the Printemps on Boulevard Haussmann, that Mark & Spencer use to be right across the street and how I missed their little fruit tarts and chocolate cake that I use to buy for Jean-Pierre.  He would eat them like hotcakes, not to mention …..well I could do a whole post on all the things I love about Mark & Spencer, but I’ll stop here before I get carried away!


Maya Muses:  I’m listening to Nat King Cole singing the Christmas Song and it’s raining outside.  Last year it was snowing in Paris at this time.  The only thing missing is our fireplace.  We had a beautiful cosy fireplace all decked out for the holidays, but we can’t complain.  We’ve been very lucky since our return to France and I’ll just count my blessings instead.


So the question is, do we go out in the rain to visit the Marché de Noël or do we just stay in and have a lazy weekend and I’ll start baking Christmas cookies? Hmm, maybe we can do both if I stop meandering here on my blog!

Photo Credits:  Personal Photos

Tags: Entertainment · Food and Wine · Is Anyone Listening? · Paris - Paname · Shopping · Special Moments · Travel

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mia // Dec 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    So..what did you do?

  • 2 Lynn // Dec 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Neither! LOL! The weather was just too bad so we decided not to do anything and I wrote my Christmas cards and did other things instead, but it’s suppose to be nice tomorrow and Tuesday, so we’ll go do our Christmas shopping then. (The cookies can wait because I know I’ll start eating them all and that’s the last thing I need!)

  • 3 Deena // Dec 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Go ahead and splurge, Lynn! If you can’t eat Christmas cookies during the Christmas holidays, when can you eat them? If I were there, I would help you eat ’em, believe me! LOL

  • 4 Lynn // Dec 5, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Yeah, that’s what Patrick said. (Doesn’t take much convincing, does it? Lol.)

  • 5 Pam // Dec 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I was about to make a batch of “plain old sugar cookies” when I saw your post and decided to go for something more extravagant. LOL (No kidding!)

  • 6 Lynn // Dec 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Now I’m curious to know what you made, Pam!

  • 7 Pam // Dec 9, 2011 at 3:48 am

    I made Peanut Blossom Cookies and Kris Kringle, not as pretty as yours, but easy to make and yummy!

  • 8 Harriet // Dec 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I see I have a lot of catching up to do! Looking forward to reading your latest blog entries. Hope that you and Patrick have a wonderful Christmas!!!!

  • 9 Lynn // Dec 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Sounds good Pam, I’ll have to try them.

  • 10 Lynn // Dec 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Harriet, hope you and Richard also have a great Christmas! By the way, did you enjoy Lauri’s lamb that she made? She asked Patrick for the recipe and Patrick gave it to her and told her to pass it on to you when she saw you. That’s when Lauri said she was making the lamb for you and Richard!

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