Christmas Decoration in Paris

As in the States, the stores in Paris start gearing up for Christmas in November. One of the pleasures of living in Paris is walking down the streets and looking in windows at the Christmas decorations.

This is in the window of our neighborhood Printemps Department Store. The larger store in the opera area has fabulous windows with all sorts of moving characters. These little bears had wires attached to various arms or leggs so did some moving, as in lifting a teacup or something similar. I love the little bears and they are for sale in the store but I balk at the price of 25 Euros. They are very soft and I’d love to get one for my young grandchildren but I don’t think it will happen. I saw some darling clothes as well by the designer Kenzo, such as a little pajama with roses strewn all over but it was 90 Euros. I have trouble spending 90 Euros on myself much less someone who will outgrow their clothes in a matter of months, so I passed.

This isn’t very Christmasy, but I like this paint can looking container holding four small bottles of Champagne. Veuve Cliquot Champagne is just about the best you can get and, when my ship comes in, it will be my champagne of choice.

Normally, Fauchon, a high-end gourmet food store, has really great decorations for Christmas but I don’t really like this post board. The gold lips just don’t do it for me. There is another one across the way with ribbons flowing across the face of a man and they look like they are coming out of his nose. I thought it was rather disgusting looking. In the evening nearby Madeleine church looks really great with lavender and gold lighting. And Hediard across the way is decorated in white lights and red bows.