Monthly Archives: December 2010

What Was the Occasion?

When I started this blog not quite four years ago, I did it at the suggestion of the lovely missus.  She thought it would be a good way to keep our friends and family stateside up to date on what … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story…or Two or Three or…

A roundup of Christmas-related news: “The Easter Santa?  The Christmas Bunny?” For once, it actually was the Saturday before Christmas and the lovely missus and I braved going to the mall.  We went nice and early this morning and had … Continue reading

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The Toulouse Marche de Noel

‘Tis the season: After spending a few hours on Saturday doing the (little) Santa’s helper gig, we went to Toulouse on Sunday to visit their annual Marche de Noel. A little background: The city started this event the first winter … Continue reading

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But She Doesn’t Do Windows

In yesterday’s column, I wrote about the fun I had being Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Pere Noel/Weihnachtsmann at a Christmas fair this past weekend.  Would you believe it but I forgot to tell the funnest (real word) story.  Here goes: Little girl, … Continue reading

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Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Pere Noel and Weihnachtsmann

This past Saturday, I was all four of those guys.  (Granted, I had to ask someone whose husband is German what is the German name for Santa.) For the fourth time since we’ve been here, I got to experience one of … Continue reading

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Some of the News in Fits of Print

I like reading the papers, whether they be our local FR paper, LaDepeche, or the English-language paper, the International Herald Tribune.  The local paper especially has stories that you just don’t see the like of in the US. The Road … Continue reading

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More Saints, More Daily Wisdom

Continuing to provide the best in daily saint wisdom, here are some more recent examples from LaDepeche: November 21, Saint Gelase Day: Si le vingt-et-un est brumeux, l’hiver sera rigoreux –  If the 21st is foggy, the winter will be … Continue reading

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No Whimsy – French or Otherwise – at the Mall This Time

“It’s the Saturday before Christmas.” The missus and I tell each other that each time we go to the mall on a Saturday.  For our American readers this may be hard to comprehend – especially now, in the middle of the … Continue reading

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