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Joyeux Noël from France!

December 25, 2022 Leave a comment Go to comments

I wish you all a Joyeux Noël from France!

Whatever you’re doing today, I hope you’re having a great day. If you celebrate Christmas, may it be among friends and family. I hope my American readers weren’t stuck at home because of this historical cold wave and bad weather.

Here the extended family was reunited for the first time since 2019. The children are back home from school and we’re enjoying our time together. It’s good to be back to normal.

Life got busy before Christmas, I rushed through December and struggled to get in the Christmas mood and as often I found help in Christmas books.

After reading As the Crow Flies by Craig Johnson, I spent some more time with Sheriff Longmire and read Christmas in Absaroka County.

Four short stories around Christmas time, with Sheriff Longmire and his daughter Caddy. In Ministerial Aid, he uncovers a swindle around selling luxurious bibles to people who are grieving. In Slick-Tongue-Devil, he lets an elderly lady believes he’s Jesus to help her in her case of domestic abuse. In Toys for Tots, he gives a veteran his dignity back, making him a hero. And in Unbalanced, he rescues a hitchhiker.

Each story has the same feel as all of Craig Johnson’s books, a mix of humour, of goodwill and empathy.

Then I turned to The Christmas Book by Selma Lagerlöf, the author of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. It’s a lot more traditional than Craig Johnson but just as delightful.

The book includes eight short stories mostly based upon Swedish legends: the legend of Saint Luce, how robin got their red breast…It brings this magical atmosphere that comes with legends and fairytales.

My favorite one is actually The Christmas Book, the only one that is a regular short story.

A little girl expects books for Christmas and is disappointed because she opens present after present of useful items for knitting, embroidering and sewing. What if she doesn’t get any book? She eventually gets one by La Comtesse de Ségur, all in French and she spends her holiday improving her French to read it.

I can totally relate to this young girl.

And now I’m reading short stories by Angela Thirkell, Christmas at High Rising.

I haven’t finished the book but I love the light and playful atmosphere. It’s an excellent introduction to the Barsetshire series and I think I’m hooked. I enjoy my time with Laura Morland, her friend George and her boisterous son Tony.

This is going to be a nice TBR of thirty light books to turn to. Many thanks to British readers for the recommandations, she’s not a well-known reader in France.

Finishing these stories will put a nice conclusion to the 2022 Christmas festivities.

And I wish you again a Merry Christmas!

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  1. December 25, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Joyeux Noël Emma!

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    • December 25, 2022 at 11:46 am

      Joyeux Noël Lisa!

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  2. December 25, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Merry Christmas from Calgary, Alberta, Canada to you and yours, Emma!

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    • December 25, 2022 at 9:12 pm

      Merry Christmas !
      PS : I’ve posted a billet about the Proust exhibition in Paris.

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  3. December 25, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Xmas back at you, Emma. Here the storms arrive tomorrow.

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    • December 25, 2022 at 9:15 pm

      Merry Christmas, Guy. Bon courage with the storm, I hope it won’t be too bad.

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  4. December 25, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    How wonderful that you could be together Emma. Merry Christmas (Nadolig Llawen) to you all from Wales

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    • December 25, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      Merry Christmas too. I’ve seen on Twitter that you got to meet Santa! 🙂

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  5. December 25, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Joyeux Noel to you and yours, Emma! 😀

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  6. December 25, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Merry Christmas from the chilly northeastern US! I’m glad to hear you were able to spend time with your whole family. And thanks for the seasonal reading list!

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    • December 25, 2022 at 10:07 pm

      Merry Christmas to you too. I imagine it’s very very cold where you live.

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  7. December 26, 2022 at 12:42 am

    Merry Christmas from Western Australia. Last year I spent it solo, this year I have been reunited with my partner. We had a lovely day eating seafood 🦞

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  8. December 26, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Happy holidays, Emma!

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    • December 28, 2022 at 9:10 am

      Thank you! Happy holidays to you too!

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  9. Vishy
    December 26, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Joyeux Noël, Emma 🎄❄️😊

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    • December 28, 2022 at 9:12 am

      Happy holidays, Vishy!

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  10. December 27, 2022 at 1:29 am

    How lovely that you and your family were finally able to spend Christmas together, I hope it was a very happy one! We had to cut our travels way down, it was too dangerously icy to travel until Christmas Eve, but we did get away for a couple of days.

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    • December 28, 2022 at 9:15 am

      It was great to have a “real” Christmas this year.

      I’ve heard about all the weather troubles you’re having at the moment. We were so relieved that our daughter’s flight back from her American college was two days before many flights were cancelled. She came home safely and on time.
      We thought about all these families who weren’t able to get together for Christmas. Happy holidays to you and your family.

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  11. December 28, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Merry Christmas season to you too!
    I’m actually currently listening to The Wonderful Adventures of Nils! Really enjoying discovering Sweden from above!

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    • December 28, 2022 at 9:19 am

      Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année!
      I’m sure The Wonderful Adventures of Nils is a great book. Did you watch the Nils cartoon on TF1 when you were little?

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      • December 29, 2022 at 3:25 am

        We didn’t have tv. Thanks, I’ll look if I can find something on youtube or other

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  12. December 29, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Joyeux Noël Emma! Hope you had a wonderful time all back together.

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    • December 29, 2022 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you. I hope you had a lovely Christmas too.

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