9 Les Poissonchat’s Wondrous Advent Calendar – Oysters


Oysters, of course oysters. After all, it’s the month of December, which is an excellent month to have oysters. 

I remember when I was a kid and each year around Christmas and New Year they sold oysters at the fish stand and mother would buy a dozen and ask the guy to open them right there, and we’d eat them, snowflakes whirling through the air, to the very surprised looks of the passersby. 

It doesn’t always have to be fancy, because in the end it’s all about attitude. And if in doubt, just enjoy it.

Mother’s hands and a tray of oyster debris, beautifully photographed by Abigail Rochelle.

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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