A Christmas Eve To Remember

Thank you for the memories, Madame.
Teko and I were invited to celebrate Christmas Eve dinner with my friend’s in-laws and I couldn’t have been more honored. It wasn’t just dinner but also an experience – really a peek into a French family’s life during celebration. It may as well have been a movie that I somehow luckily stumbled into and got to be a part of.

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The dinner table was set with what looked to be their finest china, the kind that only comes out on rare occasions. It was my first time to have a French Christmas, and just thinking about it warms the cockles of my heart. With home-made foie gras for starters, followed by the most delicious langoustine, and topped off with some family-recipe chocolate cake, it’s easily one of the most elaborate holiday meals I’d ever enjoyed.

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And here was the generous lady of the house. Impeccably dressed, maker of wondrous food, and the perfect hostess. In my terrible French, I apologized that I could only speak a few words while deep down I was slapping myself for not having taken European languages more seriously back in college. It was a dinner for the ages, and I’m so glad to have been allowed into her lovely home to become a part of it. Thank you for a magnificent evening, Madame, and I do hope our paths cross again.

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2 thoughts on “A Christmas Eve To Remember

  1. That was a “bûche de Noël” cake you were privileged to eat! I'm jealous. I teach my students every year about French Christmas traditions but I've never been privileged enough to share them with a family. When I studied there as a student I was there for the spring so I totally missed out on Christmas traditions.

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