It has slowly come to my attention that the French don’t do Christmas songs, at least no where on the scale of America. I play Christmas songs here on my Internet radio because that’s something I miss. I noticed that the song, Let It Snow, being sung by Dean Martin was the music for a French TV commercial and hear Perry Como singing The Christmas song in the background (along with many others) when I’m at the grocery store. My daughter in law had an English Christmas CD playing when we were over at her place recently and I asked if the French did contemporary Christmas songs and she said, “Not really”. It just made me realize what a big part Christmas music played for me in the States, especially growing up with Gene Autry singing, Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer or Brenda Lee Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Of course, by the time the holiday season is over, I’m more than glad to go another year without hearing Christmas music again.
I see ordinary pine trees for sale here in Paris but I also sure do see a lot of flocked trees. My daughter in law has a turquoise flocked tree-very dramatic. We aren’t getting a tree this year as we will be in Switzerland for Christmas. I don’t mind though. I like the look and fragrance of Christmas trees but, man, do I hate cleaning up afterwards. All I have put out are some fake candles that look like they are flickering. You know, I usually get the blues during the Christmas season. I’m wondering if it’s the lack of sunlight but, in any case, I don’t have them this year for what ever reason. Maybe it’s because a new grandbaby is coming.
So, back to Christmas trees. All of the flower shops in Paris seem to sell them. Here is one of those flocked trees along with some nice flowers.
Another one in the window with pink decorations.
I did a video of the Christmas market on the Champs Elysees which I am unable to embed so if you want to see it you will have to copy and paste into www.youtube.com
Next door to the flower shop is this very nice restaurant called le Fumoir. I loved the interior. Maybe they once sold and smoked cigars there.
The painting on the wall, all art deco which I love.