I know Christmas Day is still a week away, but for me, Christmas Season is well underway and almost over. I don’t know if it’s because we’re a military family, with members spread far and wide, or because we’re just a normal family, with grown children and expanded families of their own to attend – but for me, Christmas is a full season, not just a day. And like the late fall season and early winter season it nestles between, each year Christmas season has variable conditions. Here’s how mine went this year:
- Enjoying the mood and decorations. Ah, early snows meant early thoughts of Christmas. This pic was taken November 15! At least Remembrance Day was over.
- Planning family time. This part of the season is the stressful part. This year, one son is deployed with the military and will not get home for traditional Christmastime. So, plan to meet up on his deployment break. Paris it is!
- Return and plan other Christmas meetups. More stress. Brothers, nephews, grand-nephews, little gift exchanges, food, wine (not French, I drank enough in France to last a lifetime 😉 )
- Finally, decorate our own little tree, take a breath, and look at the calendar. 2018 is almost over? When did that happen? Relax and enjoy the pics. France is more than just Paris. Here’s a sampling of more sites I visited. (p.s. Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach will get their own full post later.) For now, enjoy your own version of the Christmas season this year, and all the best in 2019!