Mon beau sapin

Canadian ChristmasWe don’t have a Christmas tree at our house this year. Instead, we are going to visit family in Toronto and let them trim the tree.

For us, Christmas in Canada means family and friends, catching up and pigging out, the chaos of too many people and dogs, shopping from the time we get off the plane and as soon as the sales start on Boxing Day. Yes, folks, it’s consumer excess at its merriest. But I won’t regret it. Not for one single moment. Until I’m back home in January, weighing up the damage.

The thing is, we don’t have any of those things here n France. My husband’s family is too few and far apart, our kids are grown and flown (although one will be heading back home soon – more on Generation Boomerang later…). And the shopping opportunities simply don’t compare.

What Christmas in Canada does not usually mean is snow. To my unending disappointment, our visits almost inevitably coincide with a green Christmas in Toronto….generally followed by a big blizzard as soon as we are back on our side of the Atlantic. But I’m packing my boots just in case.

I am taking a blogging break to enjoy the season. Wishing you and yours a holly, jolly Christmas and hope to see you in the New Year!


  1. katpegimana · December 21, 2014

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Mel! Enjoy your holidays in Toronto, and hope this year you get some snow over there 🙂


    • MELewis · December 21, 2014

      All I could wish for. Thanks, Kat! All my best wishes for the holidays to you, too!

  2. davidprosser · December 21, 2014

    Have a Wonderful time and come back safe and sound. xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • MELewis · December 21, 2014

      Merci, mon ami! As a homebody not really keen on traveling, safe and sound is my fondest wish. Sending wishes for merriment to you and your family!

  3. Sartenada · December 21, 2014

    Différent sapin de Noël! 🙂

    • MELewis · December 21, 2014

      Et oui, à la canadienne!

  4. BigLizzy · December 21, 2014

    Mon ami! Joyeux Noel! I’m calling in the weather Gods to give you some snow, but not too much. We are getting snow here in Sedona next week, so surely Canada (and you!) can have some, too. Have a wonderful, safe, and love-filled holiday, my Frenchy. Bises, BigLizzy

    • MELewis · December 21, 2014

      Merci, Lizzy! May the season fill you with good spirits (in every sense!) and joy into the new year. Snow in your parts sounds pretty exceptional – hope it brings the atmosphere without the mess. Big bises to you! 🙂

      • BigLizzy · December 21, 2014

        Thank you, my sweet friend. Oh, the snow here is amazing and very well-behaved. We get a few inches that melt in a day; it’s unbelievably beautiful in Sedona when it snows and it never ticks off anyone. Heaven! Thank you for the kind holiday wishes, sweet-Mel. Travel safe. I’ll be with you in spirit. 🙂

  5. Suzanne et Pierre · December 21, 2014

    Have a great visit to Toronto and crossing fingers for a white Christmas for you. (Suzanne)

    • MELewis · December 22, 2014

      Thanks, Suzanne. I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty of the white stuff soon enough. 😉 Enjoy your final Christmas in Paris!

  6. Mélanie · December 21, 2014

    @”We don’t have a Christmas tree at our house this year.” – same here, Mel dear! 🙂 our kids have flown to the US and to Taiwan and they’ll be back for Jan 1st…
    * * *
    been to Toronto twice where we have “old” friends… my very best, merry holidays and cheers! Mélanie

    • MELewis · December 22, 2014

      Seems like our kids share a love of travel! All the best to you for a wonderful Christmas, Mélanie, and much joy in greeting the birds back to the next in January. 🙂

  7. jetgirlcos · December 22, 2014

    Joyeux Noël ! And thanks for all the great posts this year 🙂 Enjoy your Canadian visit. I think Toronto is a beautiful city, with or without snow ❄️

    • MELewis · December 22, 2014

      That it is! Merci mille fois for your compliments. Wishing you all the best for Christmas and the New Year!

  8. cheergerm · December 31, 2014

    Merry Belated Chrissy Mrs France! WordPress somehow unfollowed me from you…as it is want to do! Hope you are having a fabulous holiday in The Great White North. Happy New Year. 😁

    • MELewis · December 31, 2014

      Merci buckups, Cheergerm! I did not know that WP did this – so glad to have you back! We are having the expected green Christmas here in TO, but the joy of being with family and friends is what it’s all about. Wishing you and fabulous start to the New Year. xx

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