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Le Nouvel An (The New Year)

Paris is especially lovely around Christmas and New Year’s. The trees along the Champs-Élysées are lit with twinkle lights. The big department stores have lacey lights on every surface of each building, the insides of the stores have beautiful oversized decorations, and the window displays are a sight to see. Galleries Lafayette and Printemps, the … Read More about Le Nouvel An (The New Year)

Joyeux Noël

Each year I love to decorate my home for Christmas, or as the French would say Joyeux Noël! Over the years my decorations have evolved into a French and Santa theme, a whimsical mix of McKenzie-Childs Christmas and French accessories, ornaments, ribbons, and gift boxes. The final touch is a Christmas village with a train for … Read More about Joyeux Noël


There’s nothing better than a party among friends and family with a fun cocktail in hand. Cocktails such as the cranberry champagne cocktail from Bon Appetit magazine is among my favorite. It’s delicious, festive, easy to make, and a real crowd-pleaser. While this is an obvious choice for Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have also served this for Valentine’s … Read More about Cocktails

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