6 Les Poissonchat’s Wondrous Advent Calendar – Saint Nicolas

Saint Nicolas

Today we celebrate the Saint Nicolas, especially out here in the upper east of France. He comes to give you chocolates and other little niceties, however, if you’ve been naughty, watch it for his friend Le Père Fouettard who is said to have an inexorable penchant for decently spanking even the most ardent penitents, or especially those, tradition obliges. 

But never mind, there’s Saint Nicolas’ chocolate counterfeits galore for you to devour after and anyway I’m sure you have been well behaved, quite sure you have. 

This is Les Poissonchat’s Wondrous Advent Calendar! Advent calendars are a huge tradition where I come from: you make little gifts for your loved ones every day until Christmas Day, fourandtwenty little surprises. The advent calendars come in beautifully old fashioned prints on cardboard, with extra glitter, and each day there’s a paper door waiting for you to pry open. Others are more elaborate, pretty baskets filled with twenty four numbered parcels, decorated with red velvet ribbons. The one I’m making for you this season is altogether a different one, and, quite obviously, it’s about beloved France, Christmas in France, and after all, what it takes to celebrate a proper French Christmas.

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