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Joyeux Noël from France and 13 à table!

December 25, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments

I know that Christmas is not celebrated everywhere and by everyone. If this is an important holiday for you, I hope you’re having a good time with your beloved ones. If it’s a day like any other, I still send you greetings for this special day.

I’m not religious but this is a day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and it’s a day for sharing. Religious or not, if you live in a Western country, you have Christmas traditions. Besides the Advent calendar, the obvious Christmas tree and decorations, we bake cookies.  A lot of cookies. My daughter’s best friend asked, seeing all the boxes “But why did you make so many cookies?” We answered simultaneously “Because we’re going to give them away!” That’s the tradition and that’s the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas ghost also visited the publisher Pocket in 2014, the year they started their collection 13 à table!, a collection of short stories donated by various French writers. Riad Satouf drew the cover and it’s published by Pocket. Everyone in the book chain contributes, from the writing to the distribution. The profit of the sales goes to a charity, Les Restaurants du Coeur. They provide food for families in need and they desperately need more money each year. Each book means four meals. In five years, these books have provided for over four million meals. The show must go on, so if you’re in France, please spend 5 euros on this book.

I’ll end this short billet by wishing you again a Merry Christmas with friends, family and books. Wait, aren’t books imaginary friends too? Isn’t it what this book lover Christmas card seems to say?

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  1. December 25, 2019 at 11:30 am

    And Happy Christmas to you Emma. I’m about all Christmased out over here, 8 hrs ahead of you. Too much pavlova!

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    • December 25, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Bill. I hoped you had a nice Christmas.

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  2. December 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Joyeux Noël!
    We had a lovely lunch in a restaurant today with dear friends, and tomorrow is our day at home with family and friends, traditional turkey and Christmas Pudding plus La Bûche de Noël from our favourite French patisserie:)

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    • December 27, 2019 at 10:53 am

      De la bûche de Noël en Australie! Qui l’eût cru!

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      • December 27, 2019 at 1:55 pm

        Voila! https://gbymf.com.au/827-2/
        Et pour la nouvelle année nous avons un Galette des Rois. Pas le bon jour, je sais, mais nous avons changé la façon dont nous célébrons le nouvel an. Nous avions l’habitude d’inviter des amis à dîner le soir du Nouvel An et de prendre la délicieuse bouillabaisse de Tim, et de regarder les feux d’artifice à la télévision…. mais maintenant nous avons le déjeuner du Nouvel An chez mon ami et j’apporte la Galette du Roi:)

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        • December 30, 2019 at 6:38 pm

          Sorry, sorry, sorry: I just realised that I never responded to this comment.

          Excellent français! 0 faute, c’est mieux que la plupart des jeunes Français aujourd’hui. 🙂
          Je suis allée sur le site du pâtissier français qui vous concocte bûches et galette des rois, ça a l’air très bien.

          En effet, la galette des rois, c’est le 6 janvier, en principe. Mais maintenant, c’est comme Noël qui commence fin octobre, on en trouve dans les magasins dès le mois de novembre. Personnellement, je trouve ça triste et j’attends toujours le 6 janvier pour en manger.
          C’est aussi une fête qu’on fait au travail: on amène des galettes, quelqu’un devient roi/reine et on fête la nouvelle année ensemble.

          Passe bien le bonjour à Tim de ma part et bonne bouillabaisse!

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  3. December 25, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    A very Merry Christmas to you, Emma! 🎄📚

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    • December 27, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Thanks. I hope you had a great day too.

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  4. Vishy
    December 26, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Beautiful post, Emma! I loved the publisher Pocket’s idea! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones! Hope you are having a wonderful time celebrating!

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    • December 27, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Thank you! We had a great family time.

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  5. December 26, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Wishing you all the best for the festive season, Emma! I hope you’re enjoying some time with friends and family.

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    • December 26, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks Jacqui, I wish you the best too.

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  6. December 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Happy Christmas to you too Emma! 😁

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