Monday, December 23, 2013

Because We Need A Little Christmas


Here we are, Christmas Eve, Eve... finally! The last few months have been tough and I feel like I'm limping into the holidays a bit but let me tell you something, I AM READY for them!  I need some Champagne sparkle and Eggnog fueled laughter in my life. So my friends, even though it is only the 23rd, I am signing off and bidding you adieu.

We're leaving for Toulon today (but not without a cheeky stop in Aix-en-Provence for a quick whip around Zara) and collecting Mommy London at the airport in Nice tonight and that's when Christmas 2013 officially kicks off.

Christmas Eve will be très French; smoked salmon, escargot, oysters, fois gras, and a bûche de Noël along with buckets of Champagne, followed by a traditional English dinner on Christmas, cooked  entirely by Mr. London (Gregory will be standing by taking notes). I hope one of the presents I'm going to be unwrapping this Christmas is a gift card for Fat Camp because I'm gonna need it.

I might pop in and say hi this week, I might not, I might just disappear into bed with Gone With the Wind (I'm FINALLY reading it) for all I know. We'll see, I'm on holiday.

So my wonderful, beautiful friends who I adore so very much, I leave you with this story, my classic Christmas tale that I post every year around this time to scare the bejeezus out of you.
Originally titled: Nothing Says Christmas Like A Flogging and posted, December 15, 2009.  

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OK, this is weird.

I was doing a little reading about French Christmas traditions. I figure since I'm here, I might as well find out the happenings of my favorite holiday, French style. And there is no use asking The Boyfriend, he is useless at relaying this kind of information.

Anyhoo...

In France, Santa Clause is Père Noël, nothing strange there, but Père Noël has a partner, and it's not Rudolph. It's an evil man named...dun dun dun....

Le Père Fouettard
(Sounds a bit scary doesn't it, thought it needed that dun dun dun.)

According to my sources, the ever reliable Wikipedia, Le Père Fouettard was a guy who kidnapped three little boys, robbed them, killed them, and then chopped them up and put them in a stew.

Holy Reindeer Droppings! How the Fudge does this guy end up having anything to do with Sugar Plums and Mistletoe?

Apparently, Jolly Ol' St. Nick some how discovered the crime (maybe when Le Père Fouettard's name was flashing in red lights all over the naughty list) and magically resurrected the children (nice tie in to J.C. there - it is his birthday after all). Le Père Fouettard ends up feeling bad and becomes St. Nick's partner and goes around with him on Christmas.

But get this, Le Père Fouettard doesn't become all full of holiday cheer like Ebeneezer Scrooge, he's still sinister, so instead of handing out pressies, he punishes all the naughty children instead. Usually with a good old fashioned flogging.

Nothing says Christmas like a flogging.

Safe to say, I'm usually a well behaved girl, but after reading about you know who (don't want to type his name again in case it has some sort of Beetlejuice effect) I'm going to be on my best behavior this holiday season.

Don't want you know who coming to town.
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Wishing you warm holiday wishes and safe travel kisses to you and yours from me and mine! 


Bisous!

24 comments:

  1. Hope you have a lovely holiday and enjoy the champagne sparkle and eggnog laughter!

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  2. Well I do hope you've been good, I was in a choir performance about that very tale, including the 3 small boys being chopped up (Timothy, Mark and John IIRC), when I was about 12, scared the crap out of all of us representing the kids while the adults did the main part!

    Merry Christmas to all in LPV and beyond :o)

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  3. It will be the great help for people i really appreciate you to coming up with such a good idea.

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  4. Merry Christmas Sara!! It sounds like it will be just perfect.

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  5. Joyeux Noel et bonne annee to you and yours!!! Watch out for le Père Fouettard (although I know you've been good this year)!!!

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  6. Funny how different the traditions are!

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  7. That is a very scary story! How did I never hear it before???

    Enjoy your holidays!! Merry Christmas!

    -Shannon

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  8. I hope you and the London's have a very Merry Christmas. Be cozy.

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  9. Gleðileg jól (Icelandic for Merry Christmas:) have a wonderful holiday!

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  10. Hope you have a great Christmas!

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  11. Have a wonderful time, Sara! Merry merry Christmas! <3

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  12. Joyeux Noel Sara, the French Christmas sounds blooming wonderful!

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  13. Seems many countries besides Greece have strange traditions surrounding Christmas!

    Wishing you and Gregory all the best for a very happy holidays and a blessed New Year!

    xoxo
    Amanda

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  14. Sara, Sara, Sara, have the best holiday.

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  15. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Buckets of Champagne. Love it!

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  16. merry Christmas! and holy crap about the Christmas flogging guy. yikes! enjoy gone with the wind. I looooove it.
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  17. The best of both worlds and two Christmases in one. Buckets of Champagne - sounds like a very happy time for everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and thanks for all your lovely comments this year too!

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  18. Happy Holidays! Cheers to good food, great champagne and lovely company!

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  19. Enjoy your fun shopping trip! And have a wonderful Christmas with your family! Best wishes in 2014!

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  20. Have a wonderful Christmas with friends and family and I look forward to another year as a Le Petit Village stalker!

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  21. Joyeux noël! Happy holidays lovely :)
    xx Sini

    http://livinginnorth.blogspot.fi/

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  22. A veryyyyy merry Christmas to you, friend!!

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  23. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures in 2014! :)

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  24. Lexie just told me about this story before we left for the States. I almost didn't believe her! I mean, Santa is scary enough, but now he has a sinister partner who enjoys cutting up children? It's just too much...

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Sara! And judging by your instagram photos, I think you did... ;o)

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