Some might chastise me for mentioning the ‘C’ word while it’s still November (according to some very wise sources close to me, it’s bad luck to say it before December 1st), but as far as I’m concerned it’s less than a month to the big day and the excitement and anticipation of being reunited with friends and loved ones, as well as the inevitable gifts, songs, embarrassing jumpers, over-indulgence and excuse for general merriment is just what we need to help get us through the otherwise cold, dark month ahead.
Such excesses were on beautifully on show in the windows of the nearby Galeries Lafayette and Printemps yesterday. Having moved to this area recently following my first 8 months of life in Paris being located on the Left-bank, I was pleasantly surprised on a mini-exploration of the surrounding Rive Droit by our proximity to Opera and the Grands Magasins of Boulevard Haussmann.
Chestnuts roasting…on a shopping trolley on the side of the street, Disney princesses being painted onto the pavement, musical moving bears and other animals taking part in a Christmas feasts of ‘Be-our-Guest’ proportions – to stroll past the windows is to bear witness to a magical, at times bizarre but unquestioningly entertaining display of Christmas cheer, that is appealing to all age groups. Indeed, I witnessed Parisiens and tourists alike of every demographic enjoying the show.
And why not? I don’t know what form my future Christmas’s will take; wearing Prada whilst being draped across the banquet table might cause some raised eyebrows chez moi – but this is a great free way to spend an hour before cozying up on an outdoor heated terrace with a chocolat chaud, perhaps after having spent some time exploring the nearby outdoor market on the Champs-Elysees. 26 days and counting…