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Day 229: Receive the BEST Christmas Gift...Ever.


Illustration by Cecile Mancion

Christmas Day was actually quiet this year. I spent Christmas Eve with my family which is a story in itself to be shared at a later date but the actual day was spent alone. My cousins were with their new wives, my grandparents were in the Bahamas and ironically, my mom was in Paris for work. I actually enjoyed the day to myself, I spent it organizing my things, took a long hot bubble bath while sipping on pink champagne with a moisturizing Kenzo Marshmallow mask someone gave me, followed by watching Christmas movies in my bathrobe.

The truth is that the holiday was not the force behind coming back to New York. I actually wanted to stay in France where I was invited to celebrate with Aurélien's family but had to decline because I had administrative and personal things to take care of that couldn't be handled in Paris. I can't wait until my life is 100% in France.

Aurélien whose family is even more colorful than mine (if you can believe it) hosted an Italian-themed Christmas dinner where Aurélien dressed up as Tony Soprano and was missing his little Italian princess who would have been the best, most authentic prop in the house. Give me fake nails, blue eyeliner, and air dry my hair...insta-guidette. 

Missing Aurélien, I called him on Skype for a quick coucou where he passed the computer around the dining room and I found his father dressed as the Pope and his step-mom dressed as Sophia Loren while nibbling on Osso-Bucco and sipping Barolo. These are my kind of people!

I woke up yesterday morning to the sound of my mom's car coming up the driveway. Excited to see her, I ran downstairs to warm up the Nespresso machine and pulled out the panettone for breakfast to enjoy a belated Christmas morning. My mom walked in with her suitcase in tow and a little gift that she picked up for me in Paris....Aurélien! C'est. pas. vrai! What little schemers! She scooped him up from Paris and delivered him to New York!

I had no idea. Apparently, they have been planning this for a month via secret email sessions. So now mon amour is here...on Long Island. A Frenchman on Long Island....oh là là là là!

16 comments:

  1. !!!! That is so sweet! High fives to your mom and Sébastien, hope you guys are having a lovely time! See you both soon, I hope!

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  2. Unbelievable!!! What a surprise! A great gift, indeed! What a story for your blog too ;-P. I brought my Frenchman to Long Island too back when we were both living in Manhattan; he looked so exotic! haha

    Hope you and Séb having fun! I guess you have quite a lot to show him! I bet he's dying to see NYC.

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  3. Aw, that is too wonderful!! I hope y'all are having a fabulous time!
    Also Sèb and Sèb's family sound amazing.

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  4. What an awesome surprise! Go mom & Seb! Your life is like a movie!! A good one :)

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  5. Awwww that's so cool! Joyeux Noel a tous!

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  6. @May - We miss you!!! We'll call when we're back in town...hope all went well at Xmas dinner! : )

    @D - Thanks! Yeah, I was surprised! There were talks about him coming but my mom told me that the flights were full and it wouldn't be possible, so i canned the idea...I didn't know that she was lying..it's so not like her!! We're having a nice time so far! Wine, eggplant parmigiano and The New Girl (I've been dying to see the new series!)! Good times! : )

    @MCJ - Thanks! You too...I hope you had a good time with your fam in Paris! Yes, Seb's family is incredible...they're nuts! :)

    @Kym - I'm really happy right now. Not that I need a man to make me happy...but I was missing him so this lifted my spirits!

    @Gwan - Merci!!!

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  7. Oh my Gosh!! How exciting!! Your mum sounds like a legend and it also sounds like you have a good man there. Hang onto him!! Hope you have a wonderful belated Christmas with them. xo

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  8. Oh, wow! What an amazing gift for you! Such a surprise! Merry Christmas!

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  9. I thought the best part of this post was going to be the Italian themed Christmas... but no! It was topped by your special delivery! I'm so very excited for you and hope you have a wonderful time together xoxo

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  10. How wonderful and what a great surprise!!! Enjoy the American time with your French man!! Quite exciting (and much better than last year's Dec 26th!)

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  11. @Em - LOL! I love it! Yes, my mom is a legend, she's amazing and not just organizing this, she's amazing in general! Thank you! Happy Holidays to you too!

    @Shannon - It was the best gift! I couldn't believe it! Happy Holidays to you too!

    @SL - Ha! Yes the Italian themed Christmas looked pretty amazing! I so wanted to be there but everything really did work out for the best. I'm so happy right now!

    @K - Yessssssss...this 26th is way better! This time last year, I was in hell..as all of us travelers were! Looking fwd. to reading your story about your experience from last year. :)

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  12. How sweet--and romantic! Hope you have been having a lovely holiday enjoying your gift.

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  13. I've said it before and I'll say it again: you're mom is AWESOME!:)

    And I might sound like a broken record, but Sébastien's a keeper (and his family is outlandish - love it!;))

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  14. YOUR mom... geez. Can't write worth a damn!

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  15. @Duchess - She is, isn't she!? I love my mom! I just gave her her Christmas cadeaux...she loves them! And Seb is just awesome, he's enjoying his suburban vacation (Thank goodness) and this down time from work. I love this time of year where we can all recharge our batteries a bit.

    Your, you're, shmore...np..I got the gist! : )

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  16. What a wonderful Christmas gift!! FBF's present to me was the same thing! Only I was in the know, as I had to pick him up at the airport. French boyfriends do make the best gifts :) Merry christmas

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