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Yesterday, my husband and I joined the crowds of bustling French shoppers picking up last minute items for Christmas. Yes, people were out buying gifts but the main attraction of course was the FOOD. This is France, after all. The boulangeries (bakeries), pâtisseries (pastry shops), boucheries (butchers), charcuteries (gourmet deli, though that term doesn’t do it justice in France!), poissoneries (fish shops), chocolateries (chocolate shops), supermarchés (supermarkets), you name it, they were all doing a roaring holiday business.

We buzzed into one of our local boulangerie-pâtisserie boutiques for a final run of baguettes and desserts, though it took a lot longer than usual as the line was out the door and down the block. What caught my eye after seeing the queue (and also the pastry fantasyland of bûches de Noël), however, was the wonderful holiday message in the shop’s window…“Noël…partager joie 2018.” Roughly translated, it reads ‘Christmas means sharing joy in 2018.’  What a marvelous thought…joy for Christmas and all throughout the year. So I took a quick pic (above) and am passing it on with this short post. Chris and I and our French dog Marcel (who definitely will have to improve his Santa hat photo skills in time for next Christmas – see below – actually, he really was a good sport) send you our warmest wishes for un très joyeux Noël – and may you and yours experience much joie in 2018!

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 P.S. Follow us on Instagram (French_Affaires) and Facebook (Elizabeth New Seitz) for lots more Christmas photos and almost daily postings on life in the French countryside with the city of Paris as our not-too-far-away neighbor! 

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