Auntie M reminded me yesterday that Christmas traditions are just a little different here than back home. For example, where Santa Claus lands on the roof of houses with his eight tiny reindeer and sleigh to pop down the chimney, Pere Noel lands his sleigh on the ground (which is really more sensible, if you think about it) and climbs in through the window! All over town (and indeed, all over France), Pere Noel can be seen making a practice run.
Last night I saw a Coca-Cola commercial with the polar bears, so NOW it feels like Christmas!
We'll be doing some Christmas shopping (and shipping!) today, so our bank account will be feeling like Christmas very soon too!