Christmas 2016 : Feeling blessed

I am writing this from the quiet of my home, on the day after Christmas. It is dark out, everyone is sleeping and I am sitting here sipping coffee, enjoying my tree and its blinking lights. I love mornings like this and I can not help but feel thankful and blessed for my Christmas weekend and family.  So here is some randomness about my weekend and the week leading up to it.

Monday to Friday: Life

  • I worked out 4 days. Running. Weights. Full body workouts. Still going strong with a 6 week program with Amanda Tress.20161223_122610
  • We have a small studio apartment that needs to be completely refurbished. So I had 2 estimates done, chose the person to do the work then went and picked out tile, countertop and flooring. So many choices ! 20161223_152318
  • Did some cooking. Yummy roasted Brussel sprouts ! I was craving these and I found a recipe where you flavor them with oil + balsamic vinegar. 20161224_122643
  • More cooking, wrapping, cleaning and some last minute shopping.

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve we go to my SIL’s and on Christmas, we are all at our place. So Saturday, I decluttered, cleaned & double checked my menu. We went to pick out bread to go with our foie gras. Fig is typical, but we also got pistachio / cranberry. It was SO.GOOD.20161224_095134We also went to the market with my husband to pick up what we needed. Saturday evening we went to mass with my husband’s entire family. It was from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. By the time we got to my SIL’s and sat down to eat it was 10 p.m. On the menu :

  • Apetizers with champagne
  • Starter : fois gras
  • Main dish : lamb with semoule
  • Cheese

At midnight we opened some gifts, then about 1:15 a.m. (yes !) we had dessert. I was home, in bed by 3 a.m. We don’t  usually open gifts that evening, but one of my niece’s wouldn’t be there Christmas.




Christmas : Pure joy

I am an early riser, no matter if I went to bed at 3 or not. So I was up early, and waited for everyone else to awake. We were opening the rest of our presents by 10 a.m. Santa was very nice to me.


We then got ready for Christmas lunch. There were 16 of us. Everyone was here by 2 p.m. The menu :

  • Appetizers of foie gras (yes, again. This is very typical in France around the holidays) with champagne20161225_142942
  • Lunch was beef roast (we bought 7+ pounds of meat and the 16 of us We had also made sweet potato puree with vanilla, roasted potatoes & salad.20161225_151816 20161225_151826 20161225_151756
  • No cheese ! It is too much.
  • More chocolate desserts, family recipes.

Then we skyped with the part of my husband’s family who are living in Africa.


Most of my nieces and nephew are now in college or working their first job. We don’t all live close so it is wonderful to have the time to catch up. Seeing them grow up, gain independence and start their professional lives is so wonderful. It is interesting, out of the 10 who were there…. we have 2 doctors, one surgical nurse, and people working in banking, wine, luxury good, international relations, and an upcoming artist and engineer. They are buying their first apartments, traveling around the world, but very few are settling in just yet !

It was a wonderful weekend.

I wish you all Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and a wonderful new year ! And special thoughts to those who are alone, suffering, have lost a loved one or do not have a reason to enjoy the holidays.


And that’s a wrap !

I am linking up with Holly and Tricia at Hoho runs and Misssippipiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.


Tell me one thing you enjoyed about your weekend !


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Comments: 20

  1. Stacey December 26, 2016 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Looks like you had a lovely Christmas 🙂 Brussels sprouts + balsamic is one of the best combinations-we had the same for our dinner last night!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply

      It was good and I am looking forward to making it again soon.

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner December 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

    Looks like a really lovely Christmas! Enjoy your watch 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply

      I have been playing with my watch all day. Trying to figure it out !

  3. Coco December 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Your celebrations look so lovely! It sounds like your whole family had a great year and is looking forward to good things to come.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

      Yes, Christmas is a very big deal here in France.

  4. Darlene December 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Looks like you had a perfect holiday weekend.

    And wow, lots of workouts this week too. You are inspiring.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 26, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

      Perfect weekend and very very French ! All the typical French foods were around the table.

  5. Kimberly Hatting December 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply

    WoW…all that food! It’s great there are so many of your family members able to get together. We weren’t able to have any “extended” family gatherings this year (thanks to the weather), and our oldest daughter wasn’t able to be with us. As much as I curse technology, it is nice to be able to see and talk with others who are not able to be with us in person.
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply

      I think Skype has changed the world, love it ! Merry Christmas Kim.

  6. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home December 26, 2016 at 11:55 pm Reply

    What a wonderful holiday you had! Gotta love those running gifts. I finally got a medal rack, after all these years! It was so nice to take my medals out of the drawer and hang them up.

    BTW, for Christmas Eve, I made a salad with arugula and shaved Brussels sprouts. I also roasted the outer leaves and tossed them in. Delish!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 27, 2016 at 6:56 am Reply

      My husband did good ! (though he had a little help from me)

  7. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style December 27, 2016 at 12:29 am Reply

    Merry Christmas! Glad you got to enjoy it with your loved ones!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 27, 2016 at 6:56 am Reply

      Thanks Jennifer. I feel very lucky.

  8. Teresa December 27, 2016 at 12:57 am Reply

    What a lovely Parisian Christmas celebration! If I lived in France, I would be visiting that bread market daily!! Santa was very good to you indeed….love the new Garmin and I’m sure you are chomping at the bit to put it to use! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 27, 2016 at 6:56 am Reply

      So much bread, so little time…. my favorite this year was pistachio / cranberry. I am going to have to buy and freeze !

  9. HoHo Runs December 28, 2016 at 2:40 am Reply

    What a lovely post. Your holiday events look delightful. It’s easy to get wrapped up (pun intended) in the commercialism of Christmas. It’s all about family and I too feel truly blessed. You will enjoy that Garmin. I have the 225 which is very similar. Make sure you sync it to the phone app. It will give you a world of information! Also, I’m impressed you stayed up so late on Christmas Eve! Thanks for linking, Karen!

    • Karen - Fit in France December 28, 2016 at 8:20 am Reply

      I used my watch for my first run yesterday and loved it. Yes, I have already linked it to the app. Having fun with my new toy !

  10. Tricia Vaughn December 29, 2016 at 1:08 am Reply

    I’m reading your posts backward, I know I get a little behind but you asked in your goals post what is on of your 2017 goals and reading just the beginning of this post, I think one of my goals should be some quiet morning time. I love time to myself and the silence so this would be perfect. Oh yea you will love your 235! Now if you can get the virtual pacer to work let me know!
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    • Karen - Fit in France December 29, 2016 at 6:36 am Reply

      Quiet morning time is so important, which is why I get up extra early to have some !

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