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Christmas Preparations

December 10, 2010

We’re getting ready for Christmas, and so is Paris!

Preparing for Christmas (for us, anyway) has involved making delicious Christmas-themed food, deciding on a nice way to celebrate the holiday, taking in all of the beautiful Parisian Christmas decorations, and making our apartment a little more cozy.

Our first attempt at Christmas-themed food was a pan of Christmas brownies, which were made more festive by adding little marzipan decorations that we stuck on top of each brownie using chocolate ganache.

A little cutesy, but definitely fun to put together. All you need is marzipan, food coloring, and some fingers that you don’t mind dying pink (for the brownies, we made the Espresso Fudge Brownies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, although we used a little less granulated coffee than the recipe calls for–last time, these brownies kept me up!).

Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to spend Christmas with anyone this year–our families are, of course, far away, and none of our friends will be in or near Paris on the holiday. So, we thought it would be a good idea to find something fun to do to make Christmas a little more special than it might be otherwise. After doing a little research into cheap flights, we decided to take a pre-Christmas trip to Copenhagen, where we can explore little Christmas markets and wander along snowy canals. It will be cold and dark, but hopefully also a little “hygge”! So, we’ll be heading to Copenhagen on the 13th, and returning on the 16th. I’m awfully excited.

But we’ve also been sure to take in the beautiful Parisian Christmas decorations, which are now everywhere. Here are a few I particularly like:

At the Tuileries

A booth at the Christmas market on the Champs Elysees

I promise I’m not about to be hit by a car on the Champs Elysees

Also on the Champs Elysees

Some of the eerie decorations in the Marais

Near the jazz clubs on Rambuteau

A window display at BHV

The tree at Notre Dame

Our own Christmas decorations aren’t so majestic, but I’m quite pleased with what we managed to do. First, we found a little 1-foot-tall cyprus plant for about 5 euros, which we decorated with little white lights and some little ornaments we found. Then, we put some of our saved glass jars to use by filling them with votive candles (this sounds like a Leach-Krouse thing to do, no?).

It looks great on top of our little storage chest, and it really brightens things up–although we had some sun yesterday, it’s been cloudy nearly everyday for a little over a month. I think the key is to stop hoping for a glimmer of sunshine, and instead try to make things feel as cozy as possible. That may require some cookies and soy-nog.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2010 2:00 pm

    We were in Paris this time last year and I have a lot of photos similar to the ones you posted! I loved that market on the Champs Elysees!

  2. Caroline Brooks permalink
    December 10, 2010 3:54 pm

    Loved your Christmas photos from around town, so festive. Your little tree with the votives is cute and cozy-looking too! Enjoy Copenhagen and have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Mary Bosch permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:30 pm

    Paris looks so beautiful in your wonderful pictures! Your tree and lights DO look very Leach-Krouse and hegge. But what draws us all in to your blog are the darling brownies!

  4. patricia leach permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:32 pm

    I totally loved the decorated brownies!!!!

  5. December 11, 2010 5:15 am

    WHat beautiful decorations!

  6. olivia permalink
    December 21, 2010 12:09 pm

    i hope copenhagen was fun. it seems you managed to bring some hygge back with you. your home looks very cozy i of course love the cars with votives and the tree! merry christmas and lots of love!

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