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Santa’s Naughty Partner: Come Meet Père Fouettard! Posted by on Dec 22, 2016

He sees you when you’re sleeping He knows when you’re awake He knows if you’ve been bad or good So be good for goodness sake! There are only 3 days left until Christmas, so that means there are only 72 hours to right your wrongs from the past year to make sure you end up on Santa’s…

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C’est Noël! Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

Well, not quite. Ce n’est pas encore Noël. But it will be soon enough. And it’s the perfect time to enjoy some Christmas music … en français. Last week, John shared with you le chanson “Au Royaume du Bonhomme Hiver” (Walking in a Winter Wonderland). There’s another holiday classic is often played on French airwaves during this season: “C’est Noël” (It’s Christmas)…

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Warm Your Soul with This Mulled Wine Recipe! Posted by on Dec 1, 2016

December is here, and along with the cold comes my favorite season. I don’t mean winter – snow is beautiful and all, but I don’t much care to be in it. I’m referring to the holiday season. It’s all about traditions, family time, cookies, ugly sweaters, and if you’re my mother, a different theme for…

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What Better Dessert for Christmas Than a…Log? Posted by on Dec 25, 2015

While Christmas Day may be winding down, the season isn’t really over until the New Year. Christmas has many traditions, and many of them are tied to food. Everyone loves family meals consisting of a baked ham or turkey, savory sides, and delicious desserts (miam ! yum!) – and we’re not even counting the sugar…

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You Know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer… The Dark Side of French Rudolph Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

Ah, it’s December, and baby, it’s cold outside! Don’t be a grinch about the weather, though. Even if Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, tis the season to be jolly! Whether you’re in church listening to yuletide carols being sung by a choir or at home decking your halls with boughs of holly, this…

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Provincial Nativity Characters: Les Santons! Posted by on Dec 19, 2014

La crèche (the nativity scene) is pretty common this time of year, but in the southeastern part of France in Provence, they go a little further. Le bébé Jésus, Marie, Joseph, les Rois mages, les ânes, et les anges sont tous là (Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the Three Wise Men, the donkeys, and the angels…

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Beware of the “Père Fouettard” (Whipping Father)! Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

Last week, many families around the world celebrated la Saint-Nicolas! The kids who were sages comme une image (behaving very well) throughout the year were showered with lots of cadeaux (gifts)—compliments of Saint Nicolas. The naughty little garnements (brats), however, the ones who did not listen to their parents, who failed to do their devoirs (homework) and so on, those earned a special visit by…

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