The last 6 months have flown by and now it is Christmas at last! We have been so busy welcoming guests, decorating and revamping that we have not had much time to write about our adventures!
So, what is Christmas like in a small (but perfectly formed) French village? Understated and charming. We have had a blissfully under-exposed run-up to Christmas. No Christmas music blaring from every shop, no crazy Christmas decorations on people’s houses and no adverts telling us to SHOP BUY SHOP.
Christmas has been quiet and so WARM! We are walking the dogs with no coats on at the moment, which seems to be the biggest gift of all this year. We have had warm, dry and (mostly) sunny weather and we couldn’t be more grateful!
The French celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th. The “typical” food seems to vary according to the region but there is always lots of it! We celebrated French Noël this year as we have a Frenchman (A) in the house. We had a wonderful meal with family and friends and exchanged presents after dinner.
The next day we celebrated Christmas English style with Turkey (not for me!) and all the trimmings. A was very impressed with the food as it was his first experience of an English Christmas dinner. That is a true testament to our cooking!!
The nicest part of Christmas in Nizas for me was the warmth and familiarity we have with our neighbours now. We see each other everyday and always stop for a chat and a catch up. We got to meet the family down from Paris the grandchildren and bothers and sisters who are visiting. We also got a wonderful hand-made Christmas Card celebrating out first Christmas in Nizas with a picture of the windows from our house!
The little personal touches were a world away from my experiences of Christmas in London and Barcelona. Not necessarily better, but certainly different. And being able to Welcome Kiki and her family from Holland as our first ever Christmas guests at Nizas Gîtes was the icing on the cake!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.