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White after Christmas in Lorraine

29 Décembre 2014 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Life

White after Christmas in Lorraine

We didn't have a white Christmas in Lorraine, but nearly. The snow was one day late.

On Saturday it was snowing enough to stop drivers on the roads to the Vosges mountains. Our son was two hours and a half in his car instead of one hour to reach the south of the Vosges, and I was relieved when he phoned to say he had arrived. The "real" first day with snow is always difficult.

On Sunday morning, it was time to "enjoy" snow near Nancy. Snow shovel in one hand and brush for the car in the other hand, we stayed outside cleaning the pavement and preparing the car to go to the baker's. I had enough bread in the freezer but wanted Yule logs to have with the children at the end of our lunch. It was a bit unpleasant as it was windy but it was worth working to see the beautiful countryside afterwards.

The temperature went down little by little and, at 6 pm, the thermometer showed - 7° C (19° F)! Of course it was colder this morning, - 9° C (16° F) but it should improve in the coming days.

For the ones who know Lorraine, it is not surprising, but such a difference of temperatures in a few days is a bit difficult to take, even for the ones who were born here.

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Merry Christmas from Lorraine

24 Décembre 2014 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Tradition

Merry Christmas from Lorraine

Merry Christmas to you all.

I hope you are having a good time with your family and friends.

Christmas Eve has started. Father Christmas should come soon to give toys to children. And tomorrow we will enjoy a traditional meal with our families.

It isn't a white Christmas in Lorraine, again. But it should be snowing on Saturday or Sunday and then it will be really cold (if weatherforecasts are right).

Christmas markets are closed or will stay a few more days. Christmas decorations are everywhere in towns and villages. Lorraine is enjoying Christmas time.

We wish you again Joyeux Noël and a very good time till the end of the year. Happy holidays !

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Bredele for Christmas time

22 Décembre 2014 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Tradition

Bredele for Christmas time

In the 1960s, I didn't know about bredele, the Christmas biscuits made in Alsace, and also in Germany. We used to make cakes at home but not Christmas biscuits, we made Yule logs too.

Then, in the 1970s, I had a German penfriend who used to send me Christmas biscuits and I loved them. The tradition arrived in our area at about the same time and people started making "spritz" with a special machine. Other recipes arrived later.

Nowadays we all know about bredele, the Alsatian name for all Christmas biscuits. We either make them or buy them. I think I don't know anybody who doesn't like them. There are so many recipes one always finds a good one to like. In fact each family in Alsace has got different recipes given by older generations. The ingredients are often almond power or hazelnut powder, cinnamon or other spices and, above all, you need pastry cutters with different shapes : fit tree, moon, star, bell...

Alsatian recipes are very "bounteous" so you get enough biscuits to enjoy them till Christmas and even afterwards.

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Last news from Father Christmas

17 Décembre 2014 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Tradition

Last news from Father Christmas

The 25th of December is very near now so it is time to check everything before the long trip around the world.

No problem with the costume this year ! Father Christmas has been on a diet (really ?) since last year. He complained a bit about his boots and had to clean them, the elves are too busy to do it. I wonder if he should go to the hairdresser's, beard and hair are a bit tousled and it is windy when he is in the sleigh.

As it is better to anticipate, and for his own pleasure too, Father Christmas decided to try a new way to travel in case a problem happens with the reindeers. So he went into a sidecar called Comète. Comet, the reindeer, is still having a rest with his friends before the big day.

And to be sure children are ready, he had a go to a local Christmas market. Children are definitely looking forward to getting their Christmas presents. They said they were kind and quiet all year long (!!!).

The mechanical Comet was quick and comfortable but will be used only if a very big problem happens with the reindeers. Father Christmas likes his trip with them and he doesn't need any driver in this case so the elf chief would be free to enjoy Christmas Eve.

Now we all have to get ready for Christmas. Hurry up !

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Small house in Saint-Nicolas-de-Port

13 Décembre 2014 , Rédigé par Maryse Publié dans #Lorraine, #Saint Nicolas

Small house in Saint-Nicolas-de-Port

On my way back from saint Nicolas' market to the parking place, I stopped in a small street I never walk through usually. It is called rue Mercière and I used to buy shoes in a shop there when I was a young girl.

This street is very small but has a right angle so you can't see the end of it from the beginning. It is narrow and certainly very old as it is just near the basilica.

When I arrived near the angle, I saw this strange house, two mail boxes, one door, one sort of door on the first floor and... nothing else. As the street, it is narrow but also low compared to other houses around. From bird's eye on internet, it is difficult to see what it looks like behind the front wall. Two small flats maybe. It was so unexpected.

I have been in this town hundreds of times and I had never seen this house before. I was even not looking for something, just changing my way to go back to my car. Saint-Nicolas-de-Port can be so surprising sometimes.

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