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Ho, ho, ho! Christmas came early for me! I received my first gift! No this isn't going to be an annoying post about how Aurélien presented with some super thoughtful gift to kick off the season, that I will be presented with a special gift everyday until the 25th, and that my life is just perfect. No. We actually don't exchange gifts. This first gift isn't tangible. And it came unexpectedly from little Thomas and Franck.

Last Thursday, after collecting them from school, the little guys were all atwitter about having seen me the night before with Père Noël. Me with Santa? What were they talking about? I haven't seen him in years.

Ignoring the fact that they're four, I pressed them for more details, expecting a coherent and plausible response. (You'd think I had no experience with kids.) But because they are four, I was only offered this vague idea that I was with Santa Claus in their living room and I was very happy. Since they were both firmly attesting to it, I knew it could not have been a dream, but I was going to have to wait for the parents to come home to explain.

Careful not to forget, in purple marker I jotted down on my hand "me, Santa, why, how, ask" which invited your garden-variety of kid questions.

7 pm arrived and the parents walked in. How could I ask this without sounding completely insane? I asked myself. Also not wanting to to come across strangely eager, I breezily asked if par hasard they heard any news about, you know, me and Père Noël. Much to my joy, they actually had an answer for me!

The parents said that the kids saw this which elicted my name to be chanted:

Just like when I used to think Mick Jagger was my dad and my grandfather was Frank Sinatra, my little French ones think I'm a young Mariah Carey (who in my opinion appears to be completely drunk) in the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" video. God bless them. And merry Christmas to me.

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  1. Well, they compared you to someone young, beautiful and talented, so that's good!:)

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    1. Totally! I was like, I'll take it!

      I'm supposed to be teaching them Christmas songs in English, and all of the kiddie ones, they HATE. Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, all of those get thumbs down, but Mariah gets them dancing and vibrating. It's so cute to watch. They love this song.

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    1. It made me feel pretty, even if it was completely misguided. It's the little things. : )

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  3. Oh Bless! What little sweeties! Delusional, but very sweet ;)

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    1. You say delusional, I say blind. I should have mentioned that one of them already wears strong eyeglasses. : )

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  4. well who doesn't love that song??...Mariah without the 'tude...that's you my dear.

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    1. I know! This song is great. I hear it a few times a day on the Long Island Xmas radio station I stream. : ) Another goodie is Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree"..check it out.

      Thank you Deb for the compliment. : )

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  5. LOL! .... You kind of look like her in the still in the video LOL... such cute guys :) :) what a cute thing to say....don't you just love them.

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    1. Very sweet of you but no, not really. : ) I have curly brown hair and thick eyebrows.That's as far as my Mariah looks go.

      I don't like her look now but here in this video, she's absolutely adorable. Why do pop stars always have to go super blonde? She makes such a pretty brunette!

      Yes, I love these little guys. Ugh, the teen-agers would never say anything so cute. They barely spoke to me as is.

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  6. Ahh, if only you got her pay... I heard that song 3 fricking times on Friday night alone, she must be raking it in!

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    1. I'd take the pay of the intern who worked on the song! Surely even they made more more than I do now. As I've said, my 5 year old employers are total cheapskates. : )

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  7. You do look like her. And sweet kid!

    Just curious, and tell me if it's none of my biz, but why have you chosen to not exchange gifts with your husband? And do you send gifts to relatives back in the U.S.?

    I'd love to be free of holiday shopping, and I know that sounds grinch-like. I like shopping for little ones, but adults just aren't as fun. See below for chocolate exception.

    I'm thinking of ordering some Richart chocolate for my husband (fun gift!) since we visited France this year. I didn't try it while in Paris, so if you have an opinion, please let me know.

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    1. You're so sweet but really, I don't look like her. I'm more Marissa Tomei than Mariah. Maybe it's my voice...hmmm.

      We don't exchange gifts because we're on a budget and we like to entertain friends for the holidays, so instead of gifts, we spend that money on good food that we wouldn't normally buy, champagne and spending time with people we love (which costs money). Our gifts end up giving me a hangover and a big butt! So worth it.

      As for the chocolate, I have a confession to make: I don't eat it because I don't really like it. Paris' chocolate scene is wasted on me. I have a salty tooth, not a sweet one. Check out my friend's blog Prete-Moi Paris or David Leibowitz, they have the in on Paris chocolate!

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    2. Your holiday gatherings sound like so much fun! I get the budget thing. I was just wondering if you had any philosophical reason for not gifting.

      I did find a David Leibowitz post praising Richart, so maybe they are the way to go. I remember now that you don't like sweets! I wish I could say the same for myself!

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  8. I never knew there was a video associated with this song!

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