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It's official. I'm in holiday mode! Music, movies, candles and all. I can't stop myself. Decorating the apartment was super easy this year. Editing the leftover decorations from The Champagne Social by simply removing the pink, I have turned a corner of our living room into a mini winter wonderland.

Someone on Twitter recently wrote that "December feels like one big Friday" which really is so spot on. So far the month has been filled with catching up with friends before they head home for the holidays, family, and pushing things off until 2014. The proof that we have somewhat checked out for the year is in the empty bottles of champagne lined up by our front door as we have been entertaining regularly. This is the time to reflect on a well-lived and productive year, indulge a little, and enjoy. We deserve it, right?

It's also that time of the year when my mother is in Paris once a week for work. Making her first trip a few days ago, she came armed with American Christmas candy for my little guys, California wine for Aurélien (and by default for me too), and holiday-scented (and some oddly-named) Yankee candles for me. Who would have thought that "whiskers on kittens" would smell like vanilla musk? I must have been getting defective cats all of these years.

I wish you all a happy start to the holiday season! 





20 comments:

  1. I was going to say... that festive decor looks familiar! Happy holiday season to you, m'dear. xo

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    1. I cheated a bit this year which also making decorating super cheap, but still so pretty! : )

      Happy Holidays to you too!

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  2. Ooh, this is all so happy. I still haven't got the bug yet...what is wrong with me???

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    1. Happy, happy, ho, ho, ho! Are you in the spirit now? : )

      Sometimes it takes longer than usual to get into the spirit. I've had a few holidays where I was like, 'Oh yeah, it's Christmas.'

      Not every year has to be sparkling and magical. As long as you have love, good food, and good company. And knowing you, you do. Sending you and your family happy holidays from Paris.

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  3. Oh, how i love December its such a beautiful month.

    Love the white Christmas theme. I haven't done a white Christmas before. Wont be decorating this year as i wont be home. Making some trips to Minnesota, NYC and Liverpool.. oh how i wish i could be in Paris. Perhaps i'll take a flight and visit for a couple days, maybe we can grab a cup of coffee :) :)

    I haven't seen a mention of your mom in the blog for a while-awaiting the funny stories.

    Happy Holidays :)

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    1. You should hop on over to Paris! Take the train! And of course we can grab a coffee if you decide to come. Avec plaisir.

      As I was telling Duchesse and Deb (below), she has been working a lot (mostly trips to London and South American) but since the month of December is packed with Paris trips, I'm sure there will be a goody in there. It's my mom, there's always a story. : )

      Happy Holidays to you too.

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  4. C'est party! Chic as always my dear.

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    1. Yes, you got it! Love you. C'est parti, c'est party! Woo hoo!

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  5. love the decor and glad you are seeing your mom...we haven't had enough "mom" stories lately....:))

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    1. Well my mom in the Yankee candle store itself was a story. She called me to ask which ones she thought I would like. She picks up a candle called "cozy sweater" and asks the teen-age sales clerk in her thick Long Island accent, "Why would I want a candle that smells like moth balls?" and you can hear this poor guy nervously trying to respond to her question. Every few minutes she reminded them that she was on the phone with her "Daughta in Paris" and each candle she didn't like was animated with dramatic coughs and sound effects.

      I don't have many stories because she has been working a lot. The month of December is usually when I collect them. So stay tuned. : )

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  6. Perfect solution to the decorating! Hope the bottles haven't come with morning after headaches ;o)

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    1. Well of course they did. Ho, ho, ho. Tis the season.

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  7. This is just lovely!:) Can't wait to see it all in a few weeks!:)) December is a very special month indeed!:) My favourite day of the year is the 31st of December, closely followed by the 1st of January! (in every sense!;) And my birthday is in December too:)

    I have a couple of Christmas favourites that I'm saving for the next couple of weeks: Love Actually, which I like watching when it snows (think I should forget about that this year!:)) and La Bûche. I won't be decorating my flat because I won't be here during the Holidays per se, but my husband has put up our little tree last week!:) Too cute:) Well, he had nothing to buy, everything was there, so why not, eh?:) And it's a winter wonderland in Ottawa right now, unlike here in Jolly Old:) I have a few vanilla-scented tea lights that I bought for the flat but realized I can't use (verboten), so I'll bring them to Paris to add a little romance to our aparthotel:) It's the little things, isn't it?

    I love that you have seasonal decorations. I think it's a great tradition! I'm serious when I say that you should look into party planning as a sideline! You could give Pippa Middleton a run for her money!:))

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    1. Thank you!! Yes, you get to see it live, in person! (I've been working like a bee, polishing up what I have been working on for you to look at. : ) )

      I still have to see La Buche. It's only like the third Christmas you have mentioned it to me! We've watched so far, The Family Stone (cried my eyes out) and to even out the sadness we went slapstick with Fred Claus which I think is much more entertaining that it gets credit for. I may have to do Love Actually alone, Aurel is over it.

      Vanilla candles sont interdites?! Non ! Dommage. Yes, bring them to Paris where they will be appreciated. Oh, I was reading your FB and learned that French-Canadians say chandelles instead of bougie (the KFC post). Chandelle sounds much prettier than bougie (which incidentally was what I named my first cat when I was 5). I may bring the word chandelle to Paris. : )

      Party planning, eh? I have been told that I do throw one hell of a party.... but first things first... ; )

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    2. I'm nothing if not redundant; I also repeat myself;)

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  8. Christmas is coming, the latest michael kors bag here, good price quality, introduced to everyone
    http://michaelkors.shoplal.com/

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    1. "introduced to everyone" that's funny. Most things that are for sale usually are. : )

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  9. I've been holding out on decorating until we get the tree and we're not doing that until tomorrow... CANNOT WAIT!

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    1. Can't wait to see your holiday photos! Happy decorating this weekend!

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