We’re dreaming of a wet Christmas

We’re pretty certain that we won’t be sledding or skiing on Christmas Day.

As we enter Christmas week, our daily Daglan weather forecast from Météo France predicted either rain or grey skies for today and the next three days, with temperatures peaking around 10 Celsius (or 50 American). In other words, a cool and wet Christmas, and definitely no snow.

As far as the village itself goes, it’s a safe bet that we’re in for a quiet Christmas. Most commercial activity is down to a bare minimum, there are few (if any) tourists around, and the crowds of summer are long forgotten. Today’s weekly market in the main village square was a good example of how quiet things have become.

When my wife Jan walked through the market this morning, there were just three vendors in place — the stall where you can buy local honey; the man who sells local wine; and the young woman who sells flowers. By the time I arrived, just before noon, the honey people were gone and the wine man was packing up his van. Only the flower vendor had any activity.

Here’s her collection:

A nice selection of flowers for Christmas.

A nice selection of flowers for Christmas.

And here’s another view — with the village’s “prime” Christmas tree in the background:

Christmas flowers, and a scrawny tree.

Christmas flowers, and a scrawny tree.

As I was taking my pictures, I saw one of our friends photographing the Christmas tree, which has become a talking point among les Daglanais. Our friend has a holiday home in the village, and had just driven to Daglan from his house in Germany. As we walked towards each other across the square, we were both grinning — because we knew we had the same thought.

“Photographing the world’s scrawniest Christmas tree?” I asked.

“It looks like the decorations were dropped onto the tree from a helicopter,” he replied, as we both chuckled. And here it is:

Not the most perfect Christmas tree we've ever seen.

Not the most perfect Christmas tree we’ve ever seen.

I’m not sure that we’ve ever seen a truly impressive Christmas tree in the main square, but I’m certain that this was the scrawniest ever. In fairness, the village does put up a number of smaller trees, which at least look like proper arbres de Noël — like this tree in Place de la Fontaine, near our home:

The village put up this tree near our home.

The village put up this tree near our home.

Within our house, meanwhile, we have our actual Christmas tree in place; the lights are twinkling; and our cat Scooter remains uninterested. (Phew.) We also have a nice little artificial tree on the coffee table in front of our fireplace, and the whole scene is rather warm and cozy:

A sparkling artificial tree and a roaring fire.

A sparkling artificial tree and a roaring fire.

And now we’ve just had a lovely visit from our friend Janice, one of the several friends with whom we’ll be having Christmas lunch. (Note to grammarians: How was that for complicated syntax?)

So things are well in hand, with shopping trips and menus and cooking sessions all planned. What’s next? How about an early stab at New Year’s resolutions? Like, for example:

Resolution No. 1: In 2014, I will not write a blog posting about osso buco.

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6 Responses to We’re dreaming of a wet Christmas

  1. Paul says:

    Sorry about your wet Christmas — at least you won’t be having an icy Christmas like we’re having. This morning you can pretty well skate right across town on the sidewalks of Toronto. At least we have good, bushy Canadian Christmas trees. Oh, and I applaud your impeccable syntax.

    • loren24250 says:

      Paul, we’ve certainly heard about (okay, seen on Facebook) today’s icy streets in Toronto. Yikes! And I do appreciate your endorsement of my syntax. Impeccability is my constant goal!

  2. Doug Curson says:

    A merry Christmas to you both! I look forward to reading more of your very interesting blog throughout 2014.

    Doug Curson

  3. Charlie Brown says:

    I think it’s a wonderful tree.

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