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Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2016: the Answers

I hope you had a great Christmas. How did you get on with the quiz? I promised you the answers today and here they are – a little late because I got engrossed in writing my next novel. Don’t forget … Continue reading

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Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2016

First, let me wish all my readers Season’s Greetings. Thank you for following my blog this year and for your stimulating comments and emails, which I always enjoy reading. Thank you also for the many Tweets and shares on Facebook. … Continue reading

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10 French Christmas Traditions

Like every country in Christendom, France has a range of Christmas traditions, local and nationwide. I explore a few in this post. Christmas used to be lower key, less commercialised and of shorter duration than in the UK. During our … Continue reading

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Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2015

***Season’s Greetings to All My Readers*** Welcome to the fifth edition of the Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz, an internationally-renowned cultural tradition. Here’s something to exercise your brain cells once you’ve exercised your digestion: 20 questions on aspects … Continue reading

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Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2014: the Answers

I hope you had a lovely, peaceful and rewarding Christmas. How did you get on with the quiz? If you resorted to the internet you can deduct 10 points immediately. Here are the answers, with my notes about each one.

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Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2014

  A very Happy Christmas to all my readers   Here’s something to stretch your brain cells once you’ve stretched your waistbands: the annual Life on La Lune Christmas Quiz. Twenty questions about French history, literature, gastronomy, language, etc. with … Continue reading

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French Solstice Customs

  We’re in winter now, marked by a sharp frost and bright sunshine (hurray!). The winter solstice occurred today in France at 00.03 Central European Time. The December solstice marks the shortest day/longest night of the year. This is when … Continue reading

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Carol Services with the Choeur de Parisot 2014

Christmas carol services are a British import into France. The French have fewer Christmas songs and they don’t have a tradition of special carol services. However, it’s something they have enthusiastically embraced, even if they regard them as concerts rather … Continue reading

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La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2013: the Answers

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed doing this year’s La Lune Christmas Quiz. The correct answers are highlighted in red below. I have to admit to having made a mistake on one of the questions when I … Continue reading

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Midnight Mass in France

People celebrate Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve throughout France. We went this year to the service at l’Eglise Saint-Andéol in Parisot. Père Serge, the local priest, had asked for volunteers from le Choeur de Parisot to swell the ranks of … Continue reading

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La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2013

First, I’d like to wish all my readers a very happy festive season. Today we almost sat out to eat lunch under a cloudless blue sky but it was just a little too breezy. Alas, the forecast for Christmas Eve … Continue reading

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To Crèche or Not To Crèche

Political correctness sometimes verges on the downright barmy. France is a secular society, which is fair enough. Public employees in France are not permitted to display ostentatious symbols of religious affiliation, such as foulards (headscarves) or large crucifixes. These issues … Continue reading

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French Christmas Quiz 2012 – the Answers

Now, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for throughout the Christmas holidays. Well, I can dream, can’t I? Here are the answers to this year’s Life on La Lune Christmas Quiz. I hope you enjoyed doing it. I … Continue reading

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French Christmas Quiz 2012

A very Merry Christmas to all my readers. Today we sat out to eat lunch under a cloudless blue sky, after several very gloomy, wet days. We hope to do the same tomorrow (Christmas Eve). The past few Christmases have … Continue reading

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Standing Room Only: Carols at Parisot

It’s raining, the world is going to end (again) on Friday and I haven’t done my Christmas cards yet. But a heart-warming event yesterday helped me to forget all that: our carol service at the church in Parisot. Even if … Continue reading

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Christmas Blog Hop: Carols at Cajarc

Today, my blog is taking part in a blog hop, organised by blogging chum Steph over at Blog in France. The idea is that you visit the participating blogs, whose owners will be posting about Christmas, expat-dom, writing or books … Continue reading

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French Christmas Quiz: the Answers

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We are rather glad of a respite this week, having spent the previous few days lurching between social events. Only New Year’s Eve to go now and then it’s back to normal.

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French Christmas Quiz

    First, I’d like to wish all my readers a very Happy Christmas. Now, here’s something to keep you Francophiles occupied after the turkey and Christmas pud, or whatever you eat on Christmas Day. Below are 20 questions about France … Continue reading

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Christmas Carols 2011

The countdown to Christmas has started with a vengeance. The traditional service of nine lessons and carols at l’église de Saint-Andéol at Parisot was an event not to miss. An international choir – English, Scottish, French, Dutch and Swedish (the SF) … Continue reading

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Seven Signs of Christmas

I awoke on Thursday to the realisation that it was 1st December and the countdown to Christmas had started. This year has flown past and I can’t believe that it’s almost a year since I was writing about French Christmas … Continue reading

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A black and white Christmas

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I wish you a very Happy Christmas   No, I’m not being racist (the black and white Christmas in the title, I mean). This describes the Christmas we almost had: white because of … Continue reading

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A crèche with a difference

Some things in France are well-kept secrets. Countless times, we have heard about something – a concert, fête or market – after it has taken place. These events are rarely well advertised; the organisers rely on le téléphone arabe (bush telegraph) … Continue reading

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