Le Marché Noel
It’s the scent of nutmeg and honey, roasted almond and gingerbread beckoning the casual passersby to step closer. Get a cup of fiery hot spiced wine and enter a world of warmth and comfort. There’s stalls selling delicacies and roasted chestnuts, others handcrafted things, sometimes a little weird and sometimes just perfect: Le Marché Noel. If ever possible, venture outside the big cities and visit small countryside marchés, they’re probably a great deal less spectacular yet much more authentic. The cutest are in the Alsace-Lorraine area, see also door number 8, because alas, it’s just so romantic.
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.