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Joyeux Noël

Celebrating Christmas in a different country was both super fun and rather odd. I suspect it was a combination of not being in the midst of the usual hustle and bustle of the holidays, paired with being away from our friends and (most of) our family, and the super mild weather, but it somehow didn’t quite feel like Christmas.

vin chaud

Vin chaud at the local bar on Christmas Eve. Happy to have my parents with us!

Loches was all dressed up for the holidays, and we enjoyed seeing the excitement quietly build before the big day. Festive party food and drinks started to appear in the boulangeries and grocery stores. Escargots, foie gras, smoked fish, pre-made amuse-bouches and loads of sparkling wine. All the bars offered vin chaud to warm up your insides. The boulangeries were packed to the gills with special pastries and breads, bûches de noël, petits fours, and all sorts of delectable offerings. We may have over-indulged just a tiny bit!


Crémant is the Burgundy region’s sparkling wine — delicious with the tiniest little bubbles!


Our first time eating escargots.


Our selection for Christmas dessert — a raspberry bûche de noël, absolutely wonderful.

I admit, it was sort of freeing to feel completely quiet and relaxed in the weeks surrounding Christmas. I am not someone who usually gets too over-stressed about the holidays, but it always creeps up on you — the concerts, the recitals, parties, and school festivals, combined with shopping for just the right gift, hosting, socializing, over-indulging and generally just being very busy! Maybe there’s something to this notion of getting out of town for the holidays…

Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas. The kiddos always get new jammies on Christmas Eve.

We enjoyed a lovely quiet Christmas morning, opened gifts, and toasted to our first french Christmas with delicious mimosas while devouring an amazing selection of brioche, panettone, croissants, chaussons aux pommes, and more.

stocking time!

Stockings in bed, as is our tradition. These two were pretty darned excited.


Of course Père Noël leaves tiny jars of nutella in children’s stockings.


Oliver’s greatest desire – a personalized Barça jersey.

fuzzy vest

Danica has been pining over this “white fluffy vest” for ages.

The sun was shining bright, so we took a lovely afternoon stroll through town. All was rather quiet, and we just enjoyed a walk around the ramparts and down through the prairie des rois. All in all, it was a wonderful day.

christmas walk

Sporting some new clothes for our Christmas Day walk.



Feeding her donkey friend in the prairie. This little guy loves people, and sure can bellow when you leave!


Silly Christmas family shadow selfie.



  1. Graham and Moira says

    Dear Stennings. .it was different for us too. Our first Christmas away from home on 46 years. Having said that, what fun to spend it with you in such a beautiful little town. We’ll miss the extra special offerings that seem to only happen in French boulengerie! Loved everything about it.


  2. Sheelagh says

    Love the shadow selfie!! Merry Christmas – it sure was weird to have you all so far away, but I think you had a wonderful time together 🙂


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