Zut alors this was our fifth Christmas in France and it had quite a different look and feel to the early years where we huddled around the kitchen fire with a tiny table and no heating.
Five years on and we have a large kitchen table, a rather grand dining room for Christmas Day lunch and even a comfortable grand Salon in which we can watch Downton! And it was all lovely. My parents came for the first time in years and the sun shone so we were able to have our pre lunch champagne Outside.
But looking back on the Christmas with nothing is quite a nice reminder that actually it isn’t about grand dining tables and Instagram worthy trees (though am v pleased with my TWO whoppers) it’s actually about who you are with and making the best of whatever you have. And failing that a game of Monopoly can usually sort anything out though it’s best to establish a time limit first!
So here is a whistle stop picture visit around our fifth French Christmas at La Maison. When we managed to watch five seasons of Friends on Netflix (the kids had never seen it before and I resisted spoiling it by asking if Monica and Chandler had got together yet?!)
It looks like you had such a cozy and fun family christmas. Your house looks so beautiful now. I love the reindeer by the way – so cute!
I hope that you can enjoy many more beautiful French Christmases and agree that it is usually from simple beginnings that the best memories come. Our Christmas Day here in Australia was hot and having completed a 1400 km drive the day before my husband and I chose to have an extended breakfast with the children, a siesta and then joined the rest of the family for late-afternoon… Slightly more traditional than the Christmas where we ended up with sausage rolls and pies on an (empty) beach for lunch, with our then three young children. I still rate it as one of my most favourite.