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Pute, Pute, Pute! Joyeux Noël!


Ah, Christmas really is in the air! Can't you just feel it? We're only a few days away! 

I have to be honest, I find that the Christmas season in Paris is a little quiet. In America, the entire month of December is jam-packed with Christmas parties, cocktails and dinner parties, whereas here that culture of getting together with friends and co-workers falls a bit flat. Has anyone else noticed that the holidays seem to be uniquely spent with families? In New York, by the time January rolls around, I'm usually fat and broke. Hmm, yeah, so I probably could without four cocktail parties a week.

This is just yet another cultural difference. Just how Aurelien (which some of you will learn tonight that his real name is Aurélien) doesn't understand how Dick is an actual name in English, he also doesn't get why our Santa says "Ho, Ho, Ho!". It took me a second to follow his thought process. Why wouldn't he say "Ho, Ho, Ho"? That's his tagline, right? "Doesn't 'Ho' mean slut in English?" he asked while popping a mini piece of toast slathered in holiday foie gras in his mouth. Oh yeah, there's that 'Ho' thing, but in English there isn't really a link between the two. We're used to it. "I guess," he said not at all convinced with my casual disregard, "In France, Père Noël would certainly never say 'Pute, Pute, Pute! Joyeux Noël!'"

No. He wouldn't. Although that would be really funny.

We appreciate the little joy that is comparing our cultures with each other, especially during the holidays. With me being in France, I admit that I do take on more of his customs than he does mine. But...as we celebrate our second Christmas together there is one of my traditions that has now become ours; a little ditty for all of those crazy Italian-Americans out there...

Hey, you can take the Italian girl out of New York but...

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  1. Hilarious! You just brightened up my also quite lacklustre Provençal holiday season!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad I cheered you up! I guess France doesn't go absolutely ballistic for the holidays like us Anglos! They really should though...

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  2. That is so funny! it's true i would never think ho, ho, ho would be considered weird! and i always spelled it "hoe" which is guess was my fault - for the slut variety. So excited for tonight :)

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    1. Kristen, I'm sure that Santa Kale says "Hoe, hoe, hoe!" to all of his elves... as in hoe the garden so that we have a healthy crop of kale!

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    2. @Kristen - How often do you spell out "ho"? Hehehe. But yeah, we've never really made the link between the two. It was funny that Aurel noticed it.

      @MK - Santa kale! lol! Too cute.

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  3. Ha, never thought of it that way! Yeah, things are quiet here too. Keep forgetting how close it is to Christmas - no family, no presents, not very much to get excited about really.

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    1. I think experimental chicken chez ta copine is something to get excited about! I'm sure there will be a bottle of wine or two!
      ;)

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  4. Ah yes, another example of why the English language is so damned difficult to master (actually the hardest in the world) because of all its, err, 'quaint' idiosyncracies ;o)

    Actually, this year I'm glad I'm sick, I'm not sure I can take another 'black Friday' which here is the last Friday before Christmas and the day of all office drinks parties, rendering the pubs and clubs around Glasgow full to bursting point, where you will be trampled half to death, and come home wearing half a dozen people's drinks of choice... bah humbug... ;o)

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    1. English really is tough, isn't it? We don't have set rules like French (Italian, Spanish, etc..) does. We weren't even really taught grammar, that's how confusing our language is!

      I hope you feel better to at least enjoy some holiday goodies inside. But I don't blame you, getting trampled in the streets sounds awful!

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  5. Karma to you for making me bust out loud!!! I loved that. Aaaand wishing I had a VPN so that I could see the episode tonight but will have fingers, toes and Ben's paws crossed that it is a smashing success!!!!
    Bisous et Joyeux Noel!!!
    h

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    1. Hahaha! This post is a bit crass, I wasn't sure how it was going to be received! Glad I got a giggles out of you all!

      We have the episode! It's cute! If you want, I can email it to you! : ) Let me know.

      Merry Christmas, Heather!

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  6. I literally fell out of my chair laughing at "In France, Père Noël would certainly never say 'Pute, Pute, Pute! Joyeux Noël!'"

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    1. Hahahaha! He's a funny one, my beau. We've been saying 'Pute, Pute, Pute! Joyeux Noël' this year as a joke. I'm sure my rigid French teacher in NY would be so proud of my progress! Happy Holidays, Shannon!

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  7. Was that 10:30am CET? I see a whole bunch of Househunters International's in France on my cable listings but none in Paris! Did I miss it already?! :( (It's currently 19h31 CET as I type this.) I really wanted to watch it! Also because I too am going through the soul-destroying enterprise of finding a flat in Paris. So commiserating with someone (on television, even better!) was supposed to be my self-therapy session for today. Is it going to air again?

    Merry Christmas and bonne fin d'année à toi !

    Bises
    Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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    1. Milsters, Unfortunately, I don't think the episode aired in Canada. Maybe later? I hope so! Perhaps you can watch the episode on HGTV.com. I know the show exists in Canada, I just think the schedule is a bit off.

      Good luck with your hunt! Our hunt lasted FOREVER (6 months) and some of the apartments we saw off camera were just so bad! We're happy where we are now. : )

      Merry Christmas!!

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  8. Dammit now that song is stuck in my head just before I head to bed. Thanks, Ella (ooh, now that your HHI episode is out can I use your real name now?)

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    1. That song rules! It's a classic!! We listen to it about 50 times per season! : )

      You can call me Lisa. Now that I explained it in my "about" section. It's fine. Ella actually came from my mom who calls me Ella Bella, Lula or Lucy Bell. Random and weird, I know...but so is my mom. : )

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  9. Ahhhhhhhhhh Dominick the Donkey:) Tout de même:) Thanks to you, it's now right up there for me with "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth!:)

    My Christmas season has officially started: I watched Love Actually last night! It didn't make me feel as fuzzy as usual though, for some reason. I think I might be too tired:) I did watch it when I came back from work at 1 am this morning...

    I checked and your episode of House Hunters International won't be shown tonight on HGTV Canada:( Oh well. Qu'à cela ne tienne: that'll give us something to look forward to in 2013! :)

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    1. Ah, I'm glad I wasn't the only Canadian who couldn't see the episode. I thought I'd royally misunderstood the time or what EST meant.

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    2. @Duchess - You requested the Donkey a few posts back, so here he is in all of his glory!! I LOVE this song.

      We added a new Christmas movie to the roster: 4 Christmases with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. It's HYSTERICAL. We really enjoyed it last night!

      @Jenna - Hi! Thank you for trying to watch the show. I'm bummed that it didn't air in Canada. Weird. Happy Holidays!

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  10. Xmas is more festive on this side of the Atlantic, I agree. People go a bit overboard with celebrations and lights and cheers and I like North Americans for that. I do miss Xmas lights hung in narrow streets though, and Xmas markets.

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    1. I love how nuts us Americans get about Christmas. It feels like a real holiday! That's something I really miss, because here, it's a bit quiet. No ranging Christmas parties and no gifts from your bosses. THAT I find weird.

      I agree the narrow streets and markets really are lovely. We went shopping yesterday for the food for tomorrow and it did feel festive.

      Happy Holidays!

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  11. Pute! Pute! Pute! Joyeux Noel!
    ROTFLMAO ... I was wondering where that Subject line was headed when I read it ... cultural comparisons are always fascinating and worthy of a laugh or two (or a hundred)! Your "Seb" is priceless.
    Bon solstice d'hiver!

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    1. Hahaha! The subject line is pretty curious, isn't it? I couldn't come up with something more clever as I was writing it on my lunch break.

      Cultural comparisons really are the best! I hope they never run out! I feel like I'm always laughing...and that's a good thing.
      :)

      Happy Holidays, Priscilla and thank you for commenting!

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  12. Ho ho ho! Funny post.
    I 'saw' you last night and you were exactly how I imagined: beautiful and cool.
    "Seb" is sweet and lovely. I'm always terrible at guessing people's house choices and I failed this time too...it was the best logical choice but I thought "Ella (Lisa ) can't be that far from her neighborhood, she'll probably sacrifice space for staying in the city" but you guys chose well, it is a lovely place!!
    I watched the episode with my daughter and when I told her you were a blog friend she went "what is that?" Hahaha she's not into blogs, clearly.

    Happy Holidays Lisa and Aureliene!
    Sylvia S.

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    1. Aww thank you so much Sylvia. I'm glad you enjoyed the episode. I finally saw it (thanks to Kristen Kale Project!!) and was also pleased with the results. I will write a post talking about a few points next week. : )

      We love the apartment and it's still on metro line 1. So it's not far at all. I'm enjoying the extra space. : )

      Happy Holidays from the both of us!

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  13. Pere Noel may not say Pute, Pute, Pute, Joyeux Noel... but I'm going to from now on!
    And you know that I LOVE that Seb's real name is Aurélien. Love that name! x

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    1. Run 'Pute, Pute, Pute, Joyeux Noel' by Gregory and please report back his reaction!! We torture our French partners, don't we?

      You love the name Aurelien! I think you once posted that you thought the name was magical, like in a 'Chronicles of Narnia' kind of way. Hahahah. So true.

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  14. Hehe...I have those same ornaments (from Maisons du Monde) although last year one of my kids dropped one and the little foam pellets rolled everywhere. We're still finding bits of them under the sofa.

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    1. I bought ours at Casa, probably copies of the ones from Maisons du Monde. I love snowflake motifs, as a lighter (non-religious) side of the holiday, celebrating the winter season.

      Ok, good to know about the pellets. Thanks. I just secured the ornaments so they won't fall.

      Happy Holidays!!

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