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Chrystel Chrystel | 09:30 UK time, Monday, 5 December 2011

Hello everybody,
Please to meet you even it is by internet. I live in Paris, the City light.
Since few days, everywhere, Christmas gets ready. Paris wishes welcome to Christmas.
Even I do not believe in God, I like this time of the year. Indeed, since I have two beautiful twin sons, I see magic in there eyes.

We decorate the flat with their drawings, we say every morning Hello to the Santa Claus who gives a chocolate at the breakfast and we sing an old french singing : « Petit Papa Noël » that was sung by Tino Rossi when I was a child.

In Paris, all is done for Christmas :
- Each year, a famous french actress give the departure to the lights of the Champs Elysées' Avenue. The most beautiful avenue in the world ! ? I am not agree. We have small places as a south french villages more beautiful than this large and cold street, only dedicated to the expensive gifts.

- Families go to admire the shop windows of our big stores (Printemps and Galerie Lafayette).

- Fir trees are for sale in streets.

- Christmas singings are broadcast in streets.

- Chocolate, fois gras and champagne are everywhere in the shops

I will go to Cabourg (City of Normandie) in few days, I will say you how this french town celebrate Christmas.

Have a nice week
Best whises.


  • Comment number 1.

    going to Paris

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Crystel,
    Welcome and thanks for your comments on Christmas in Paris !
    May be, in your next post ,we can learn more about the French culture and your daily live in France.
    All the best,
    Colombia,South America

  • Comment number 3.

    Usually during Christmas time the atmosphere is very magic and warm. In Paris, thanks to your description, everything seems to be more intense. I wouldn't mind to go and visit Paris this time of the year. cheers, elena from Italy

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Crystel,
    I think Paris is more than a city. We have watched it in so many movies that when we can be there,
    at Champs Elysées' Avenue, Eiffel Tower or any other place in Paris, at least tourists have to say

    Welcome and look forward to your next post.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello Chrystel

    Christmas in France in Paris sounds pretty good. It will be great adventure for couple in love :-)

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Chrystel and welcome!
    I never visited France but I'd really like to go there first of all because it isn't very distant from here and than because this one could be the better period of the year with a lot of colours and Christmas lights.
    I hope to know more about your country.
    Best regards

  • Comment number 7.

    Hello Chrystel
    It's very interesting to read your notes about atmosphere of coming Christmas in Paris!I haven't ever been in France, but I really want to come!Your note make me feel a bit there!

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Chrystel
    It's the first time I join in this blog.
    I'm french and I share your opinion for the luxury of "Champs Elysées".
    It's too much!
    I am a grandfather and the pleasure of Christmas will be the joy in the eyes of my grandchildren when they will discover their gifts.

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi there,
    Christmas in Paris sounds like a fairy tale to me. I wish I could spend this Christmas in Paris or in anywhere else where people still get excited about this celebration. I have never celebrated Christmas in my life. It always passes by me each year. Each year, when it gets closer to Christmas I say to myself, "This year I am not going to ignore it." However, there is always some kind of obstacle for celebration. Maybe this year will be special for me.


  • Comment number 10.

    Hi Chrystel,

    Welcome and congratulations for being selected as student blog of the month. Hope you have a nice time with us. Your first blog was good and it is nice to know about Christmas in France. This is going to busy month as everyone will be busy in preparation of Christmas but I hope you make time for this student blog. Learnt a little bit about Italy last month, this month we will hopefully learn about the culture in France. France is such a popular country, there is probably a lot for you to talk about it. I am really looking forward to your blogs in the near future. Hope you enjoy this month with us.

    Bye for now


  • Comment number 11.

    hi every one
    first time i am writing on this blog. Chrystel your blog is very interesting . In India christmas is celebrated as a festival only in christian community ,but it is very popular among children because of santa. Children like to receive gifts from santa.
    hope you and your family enjoy this chtistmas like never before.



  • Comment number 12.

    Hi Chrystel! Bonjour!
    I have been to Paris in 2006. It was a very speciel and nice experience for me. Paris is a wonderful city. But although I was there in August, the weather was very cold. So I remember that Champs Elysées' Avenue is a cold street with shadow. But my memories are very kind, because I bought a cake with orange in a little bakery on Champs Elysées. I still feel the taste of this cake in my mouth now. It was so delicious! I'm always looking for this kind of cake or similar in my country, Hungary, but I can't find it in any bakery.
    Because I learnt French in the Secondary School I know a little about French culture. But to tell the truth I don't know too much about Normandie. So I'm looking forward to your blogs!
    Have a very nice Christmas period with your family!

    Best wishes, Virág

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Chrystel
    Nice to see you.
    What a strange logic. A lot of my friends say as you: ‘I do not believe in God’, but in the same time they trust in Santa Claus, Prime Minister or yoghurt. It looks quite strange, isn’t it?

  • Comment number 14.

    Hello and welcome. Nice to meet someone from Paris, I think a mythical town, which I'd like to visit it, of course.
    I'm sorry, but i don't like Christmas as you do (but BBC fan and Victor).
    In december I always have a lot of things to do: to overlapt the Christmas Tree and the Nativity Scene with my chindren (it's OK), to buy a lot of gifts to my complete large family an my husband's family, to attends Christmas dinners, to get my children ready for Christmas performances...
    You can't imagine my children's performances at school. It's a very good state school, but it's situated in an old building and the school auditoriun -it doesn't deserve the name- it's pretty small. There is no room for all the parents, perhaps for a quarter. Imagine never ending queues, shoves, arguments... If I reach the room, I must be on my feet, crushed, hot and swated. And I didn't sometimes manage to see my children. If I can wave them a moment, I consider myself lucky. These days I think I really love my children.
    After that, the Christmas Holydays begin, but if you think we'll rest, you are wrong. We pack our bags -a lot of winter robe, a lot of gifts-, we stuff them under pressure into the boot car and we set out for our home town, six hundred kilometres far, with snow or freeze on the roads sometimes.
    I'm already tired of thinking about...and this is only the beginning. I don't want you get bored, but I could speak a lot about silly arguments with my husband because of the two families, about long and boring meals and dinners, about incomfortables beds... an so on.
    It's probable I exaggerate, but a little. My punishment is I can't pass Holydays
    Christmas without my two families. So I wish you have a nice Christmas with your families. I hope yours be shortest that mine.

  • Comment number 15.

    Hello Chrystel
    Nice to meet you.
    I really love Paris which is one of the cities i want to travel one day.
    Your blog shows me more about Paris and Christmas in there. I'm looking forward your next blog.
    I want to say thank you and wish you have warm Christmas with your family.

  • Comment number 16.

    Hello Chrystel and welcome! Nice to meet you.

  • Comment number 17.

    Dear Narrosgirl,
    excuse me please for my interference, I've read attentive your comment twice and I couldn't find here nothing to repine, to be so sad :) It seems just about some everyday occurrences non-related with Christmas. If we may take as axiomatic the (scientific!) idea that what don't allow to scatter "to and from" our body's cells is Love - so, I think in such cases we should listen to love in our hearts, not only our minds, what are quite different. To explane better what I mean without any words, there is a beautiful photo about an ordinary human happiness, with a couple of young people, see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/08/hello-alfonso.shtml

    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 18.


    I agree with you that are more beautiful places than Paris. I was in this city for a while and I must say that the town overwhelmed me a little bit. Nevertheless has its charm. I prefer small, cosy places, I can recommend the Northern Holland
    (you are surely closer than I)...

    Best regards,
    Maja from Poland

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Chrystel, Nice to meet you as this month student blogger . You are lucky to have such a fab teacher to improve your English so am I , as reader …… I 'm from Iran and I 'm mother of two naughty son . What a great joy to sing with your little ones every morning ! Wish you a nice trip and looking forward reading your next blogs !

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Dear narrosgirl , Like you I don't like all the hustle and bustel of new year . But I think every thing is in or control . When some thing bohter us maybe we can avoid it or at least we can change it ..... For example what about a nice new year holiday far away from your home town far way of two family ;) Any way some times sharing our stress maybe reduce it ? Don't you think so ?
    Wish you a nice new year season
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 21.

    Hi Cristel
    Nice to meet you and welcome to this lovely forum and thanks BBC for giving us this opportunity. It is great to see a young lady from beautiful, fantastic and modern Paris as I called it : the bride of Europe! I say this because I have been to Paris for awhile as a tourist and I have seen several beautiful and famous places like Ifel tower, Champs Elysees Avenue, Louvre Musuem and some othre landscape that I never forgetabout them. To be honest, you reminded me all beauties of Paris I saw during my holiday in your fantastic city. In general, I really enjoyed your country, first of all, your warm-blooded people in Paris! Please, give us the chance to know more about your country. Let me wish you and your family a good Christ Mass. Kiss your twin sons and take care!

    Karoun - Tehran

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Chrystel,

    I think I am the lucky one to be a member of this forum from where I have known many things about Paris. Thanks Chrystel for the post.

    For the grace of internet and being a member of this forum I have known many things about the Christmas in Paris. It’s really interesting and I believe enjoyable. I have never been to France but now I think I will not miss the chance if any come to visit Paris on the occasion of XMAS!!

    Do you visit your relatives during this event? I mean is it a tradition to meet with the relatives these days?

    Lastly hope we will be able to know any other your traditional events.

    Thank you.

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Chrystel
    Welcome to bbc learning english as a student blogger and nice to meet you. Its been pleasure to read the blog where you shared your chrstmas experience with us. There is no doubt that France is the major cultural and heritage hub in the world. Therefore, the rest of the world envy it and people always wants to travel to paris to get a touch of its rich culture and heritage. Your blog adds more attraction to our current appetite about exploring France. I strongly agree with that even in small village in France, the christmas celebration and results of decoration of streets and homes is mindblowing. Since I live in Canberra, Australia, i also got the opportunity to have great christmas time with christmas singing, trees, chocolates, and night party.
    hope to read your next blog soon.
    Best wishes...

  • Comment number 24.

    Thanks for your nice comment,it was really interesting to read about the nature of celebration in France while we sitting home

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi, nice to have more informative information about your city. its really to read about the way you celebrate your festivals. bye n hope to read more from you soon. rooshne

  • Comment number 26.

    hello, Chrystel !
    nice to meet you. l live in Korea. Do you know Korea? Of course, I want to see the fantastic atmostphere of christmas in paris. However, my city also has many beautiful christmas tree and many festivals are held.
    maybe I am going to the church near my house because I don't have boy friend,, ha ha..... but I will happy ! Cristmas is very exciting day for everyone.
    anyway, I am so happy thanks to your blogs about happy christmas. I wish your warm christmas with your family.

    bye, !

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi christen
    I have gone to Paris one time last year but not at Chistmast season . In my memory ,your city is extremely beautiful . My family probally go to Paris next summer holiday.
    Wish you and your family a happy Chistmast season

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi Crystel!
    Welcome to BBC blogs!
    Christmas in Paris? Oh my God, fantastic! I went to Paris a couple of years ago and definitely I got in love of that city. I really like 'Montmartre' is a lovely place.
    Hope you read our comments and get your replies.
    Take care,

  • Comment number 29.

    Hello Christen
    I would like to go to Paris. Right now I think it is much possible because I am living in Norway, actually I am from Peru South america
    Take care and enjoy on Christmas time

  • Comment number 30.

    Hi Chrystel,
    Thank you for sharing your French Christmas!
    I’m a Chinese, though Christmas is not our traditional festival, we also celebrate Christmas. When Christmas is approaching, many Christmas trees are settled on streets, we give presents and cards to friends and may also go to the restaurants.
    After going through so many Christmas, I’ve never thought about the difference between France and USA! I’m looking forward to see your next blog about more Christmas details!

  • Comment number 31.

    Hi Chrystel:)
    Christmas is my favourite festival !!!
    I want to see your 2twin sons!! What are their name?? I am very interest in it haha!
    Christmas in HK is most likely from you in Paris !

  • Comment number 32.

    Hello Chrystel:)
    It seem very nice to celebrate Christmas in Paris:D
    Hope you are doing well now in Paris:)

  • Comment number 33.

    bonjour Chrystel,
    I'm a Vietnamese young lady who have just enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere in your nice writing. Although i have never been to France, i know a little about your country through the books and the TV programs; I really want to come and visit Paris, especially after reading this, and now I have the great urge to get there. I extremely love Christmas so that i surely will enjoy it once in Paris and other places in France. by the way, i'm very interested in your lovely twin sons. You are a very lucky and happy mother to have two little angels like them, and i believe very strongly that your happiness will be everlasting in your life.
    Your sinrecely, :)


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