I'vealso enjoyed learning how Christmas is celebrated in my part of France. Most of it I like a lot. Christmas is very low-key. No excessive pressure to decorate, give gifts, or throw the biggest party of the year. Christmas is much more about family here. However, there's one part of Christmas in France that bothers me. It's these dang dangling Santas! They're everywhere...hanging from walls, roofs and windows. My neighbor has one sitting on a swing on his porch. Santa does not arrive on Christmas Eve in a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. Somehow he simply appears with his climbing gear, rappelling ropes and backpack of goodies and sneaks his way into the house. Haven't these people ever read "The Night Before Christmas?" Actually I'm sure all this climbing makes more sense than some big ol' fat guy arriving from the North Pole in a sleigh pulled by reindeer, and then sliding down the chimney, but hey! I miss the sleigh. And I ask you...where the heck is Rudolph??
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