A Christmas day in the French capital

What would Christmas Day be without food and a house full of relatives? A French Christmas by definition is a family celebration. Several generations can gather under one large and embracing roof.


My French Christmas: Coco

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A Guy’s Guide to Christmas shopping in Paris

In the spirit of generosity that invades Christmas in Paris like an avalanche of Bûches de Noël, I’ve got your back when it comes to X-Mas shopping in the City of Light. While I may not be able to get you out of the circus, at least I can help you clown around.


Bûche de Noël: add a soupçon of France to Christmas in NYC

Master French bakers throughout the Big Apple are drawing from decades of experience as apprentices in their home provinces to create both authentic and dazzlingly-modern iterations of the centuries old Christmas cake recipe, Bûche de Noël.



My French childhood Christmases

On Christmas day, we had a “traditional” Christmas dinner – which always included an appetizer of escargots and raw oysters, which I loved. It is only much later that my parents began to serve foie gras at Christmas.


The unusual side of Christmas in France

At one end of Rue Principale a huge cauldron bubbles merrily stirred by a man on a ladder with a very long spoon. This is the local liqueur – the Licquoise – much loved by the huge crowds that have congregated close by. Close by a pen is filled with noisy birds – the famed turkeys await their big moment…


An insider’s guide to Christmas in France

I’ve never been fortunate enough to spend Christmas in France. But I am fortunate to know Angelique Larderot, my French teacher, who kindly offered to share her insider’s tips on how to spend a French Christmas in style.