Throughout the villages and towns of the Dordogne (including, of course, Daglan), the excitement about Christmas is reaching the same fever pitch that North Americans normally reserve for Arbor Day.
Okay, I’m exaggerating. But for someone who grew up with North America’s year-over-year increases in the commercialization of Christmas, this is quite a change. Only in the last week or so are Christmas decorations really becoming noticeable; the flyers from all kinds of stores are featuring Christmas specials; and there are a few scattered special events. But we certainly haven’t had the explosion of decorations, sales and ever-present Christmas music that starts in North America one hour after Halloween ends.
Actually, it’s a pretty pleasant change for us. There is enough going on to remind us that Christmas is just 10 days away, but certainly not enough to drive us mad.
To ease you into the true Christmas spirit, Daglan-style, I’m offering just a couple of photos today. Over the new few days, I’ll feature some more photos of the Christmas in our area, including a very pleasant Village de Noël that I visited yesterday in Sarlat. Let’s start with one of several Christmas trees that our municipal workers have installed in a few choice spots around our village. This one is at La Fontaine, near the centre of the village, just down from the main square. I took the photo several days ago but, as of this morning, the tree remains without decorations. Here it is:
In the way of private decorations, there are some twinkling lights around the exterior of our 8 à Huit convenience store, and around the home of Virginie and Christian, who run the store. And there are a few bows and wreaths on windows and doors. Also fairly popular is a plastic Santa Claus who hangs from various windows and stairways, as if he were climbing into people’s houses with his bag of toys. So far, I’ve counted three of them in the village, like the one shown here: