Christmas in Paris Next Year?


I just spent a wonderful Christmas with my sister in Florida. Eighty degrees but still Christmas-y. This was the first year since mom died that I felt the holiday spirit flowing through me, and that’s pretty miraculous. It’s a sign that the old Lisa is coming back. I know my mom is happy about that, wherever she is.

When I was in Paris in early December, signs of Christmas were just beginning to show around town: the platform for the ice skating rink at Hôtel de Ville was taking shape, the streets were festooned with strings of decorative lights. I started to buzz inside. When my local caviste (wine seller) asked if I would be staying through the holiday, I felt a pang of longing.

I hadn’t wanted to spend Christmas in Paris, I was happy to be going to sunny Florida this year, but when I saw my neighborhood in the 11th starting to perk up in its Christmas best—the square in front of my mairie (town hall) decked out; my local shops bedazzled with garland; the markets selling tiny Christmas trees—I suddenly wanted to stay to see how it would turn out. That’s the downside of a part-time Paris life: there’s always a pull one way or the other. And I often feel I’m missing out on something.

I rang in 2013 in my Paris apartment, and that was wonderful, but I think it will only be official when my sister and I have spent a Christmas in my neighborhood. Shall we say next year?

Trimmings up in my quartier :


My local restaurant, Chardenoux, bedecked

The neighborhood’s fanciest bakery, just got fancier. La Pâtisserie de Cyril Lignac.


Even the pharmacy in Rue Paul Bert looks smashing

One response to “Christmas in Paris Next Year?

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