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Christmas Day Menu, Franco-British Style

Christmas Day Menu, Franco-British Style

  Our Christmases are small affairs. Just us and the girls, with one or two extra guests for Christmas Lunch, usually people from church who have nowhere to go for the holiday. We spend a leisurely morning with the girls eating breakfast and opening presents, then our guest arrives and we sit down for lunch […]

French Christmas Eve Traditions

French Christmas Eve Traditions

  In my early years in the UK, I usually went back to my parents at Christmas so I rarely experienced a full-blown British Christmas. The couple of times I did however, it was glaringly obvious that the UK and France don’t have the same traditions AT ALL when it comes to Christmas Eve, a few […]

It’s May 1st, have some Muguet!

It’s May 1st, have some Muguet!

I totally forgot about this until a moment ago, but there’s a wonderful little tradition in France whereby on the First of May, you give people a sprig of muguet i.e. Lily of the Valley to mark the arrival of Spring. We used to have some growing in our garden when I was little and […]

The Best Thing About the Epiphany

The Best Thing About the Epiphany

Today is 6th January and around the world the feast of Epiphany is observed. In England, you might know it as Twelfth Night. If you haven’t already done so, you are only a few days away from taking down your tree (we tend to do it the weekend following New Year’s Day); you think the festivities are all […]

Stollen Tasting #1

Stollen Tasting #1

At last we have started the Stollen! Yay to us. It’s not happening a moment too soon but technically we are still in the holiday season, right? In France it is tradition to send your Happy New Year cards in January (instead of sending Christmas cards) so I am extending the holiday cheer a la […]

Time For New Christmas Traditions

Time For New Christmas Traditions

This year, we have decided that we are no longer going to go to France over the Christmas holidays. It has been nearly 3 years since we were last at my parents for the festive season but it is now final. There are lots of reasons: the December weather, potential last-minute train cancellations because of […]

 
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