I'm a happily married mum of two boys, aged 17 and 19, and as a family we moved to France eleven years ago. My husband works for a French company, I teach English to French people aged 6 - 60, and English reading and writing to the English-speaking children of the area. We are part of an English speaking church in Lyon. I love to shop for French vintage lace, fabric and household items, and to combine them with my British and global treasures in interesting ways.
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I am not a perfect mother or housewife. There is dog hair under the sofa and the boys eat with their elbows on the table, however much they're nagged. I just assume you'd rather see the pretty stuff!
Forget-me-nots from Niki's garden (Nostalgia at the Stonehouse)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
About three or four years ago, I was invited to a Cookie Swap at the home of an American friend, the dynamic Dianna. (Cookie Swaps are not the subject of this post, but I would like to note now that I think they should be on anyone’s list of ‘Great American Gifts to the World’.) It was about the 8th of December, and Dianna’s house was chock full of the most wonderful, glittering Christmas displays. I commented to her that we didn’t have anything Christmassy up at home, except the cards as they arrived, and she gasped: ‘What, you haven’t decorated your house?’I was puzzled, as our house was looking thoroughly seasonal and rather well-decorated, and I had to think for a while how this was happening. I realised that the very special decorations we were enjoying were for Advent, and were all about anticipating the Christmas that was to come, and not actual Christmas decorations themselves (with us, the Christmas decorations go up in a big family event on December 24th, with music and aperitifs). I tried to think back about how this tradition had developed, and also reflected on how well it suited our family as we prepared for Christmas and enjoyed the Advent season. These thoughts led to me volunteering a session last November at our local MOPS group (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers), on Celebrating Advent with Children. We had an awful lot of fun as a group, and picked up great Advent ideas from each other.I’ve decided to spend the next few Sundays telling you about some of our Advent decorations and celebrations, and will then invite you to celebrate Advent with us this year! Please let me know about how you ‘do’ Advent in your country and your home, and get ready to share some reflections and pictures around blogland in December.