Christmas cards may not be a tradition in France (there’s hardly any in the shops), but they are big on Christmas decorations! Every town seems to be very proud of it’s Christmas lights display and does so tastefully with lots of fairy lights, stars and Joyeuse Fête signs over the high street. Even our little road on the edge of town has an adorned lamppost with blue lights like waves (when on the Cote d’Azur!).
I love Christmas decorations too and miss my own red and white themed collection that has been in storage for the last couple of years! Luckily my Mum has a beautiful collection to share with us here in France, that came over in one of the car journeys from England. To add to this we’ve made some lovely homemade ornaments to hang on the tree, including a felt star that Petit Garçon made at preschool.
I’m always on the look out for more decorations and I’m pleased to have found the shops getting into the festive spirit with fantastic displays.
Maisons du Monde
Home-ware store Maisons du Monde was the first store I cam across with Christmas decorations (back in October). It’s sparkly and pretty ornaments divided into colour themes, and a beautifully set festive table, remind me of shops in the UK like John Lewis.
I adore these origami style baubles in pretty, fresh colours of yellow, blue, green and orange. Perfect for a sunny Christmas vibe!
Dreaming of a white Christmas? These snow globe baubles and snowflakes should help create the feeling of the North Pole.
Find a Maisons du Monde store in your area (France) or browse online at www.maisonsdumonde.com.
The Botanic is a fantastic (though somewhat pricey) garden centre, with everything from little succulents to large olive trees, animals and pet supplies, organic food, home-wares and gifts. When I saw the Christmas display at the Mougins store (close to Mouans-Sartoux) I was blown away by the winter wonderland feeling they have created with white trees, twinkly lights and beautiful decorations. My Petit Garçon and I had fun exploring it all and have been back a few times since!
The Christmas Village scene (Lemax brand) is enchanting with little figures playing in the snow. It’s inspired me to start our own collection that our Petit Garçon can enjoy building up each year with more pieces.
Botanic also have a display of the charming and traditional French “Santons” – ceramic figures that you can collect to make your own village scene, perhaps with French peasant style nativity scene. They also supply materials DIY Nativity scenes – you can even build one from scratch, roof tiles ‘n all.
Discover Botanic stores for yourself at www.botanic.com.
Traditional Christmas markets
The best place to find hand-crafted decorations is of course the traditional Christmas Markets. From hand-cut and painted ceramic to home-made felt ornaments there are some really unique finds that also make special gifts. At the Le Rouret Marche de Noel, Petit Garcon was quite taken with the felt characters and suggested we try this craft ourselves!
What do you think of French Christmas decorations? Have you found nice places to buy Christmas decorations? Please share in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and Joyeuse Noel! x