Friday Five : French Festivities

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate ! My was filled with wonderful family and food.

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I am linking up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for this week’s Friday Five, where the theme is up to me.


I thought I would do a French theme this week, and talk about the French Festivities of our family, including the food & drink. Here you can check out a Holiday Traditions post from earlier this month.


1. Family ! There were 15 of us this year :


And for those who could not be here, we Skype…

2. Fois gras !

Christmas Eve is a very big part of the celebration. Many families go to mass (this is a very Catholic country !) then have dinner. We went to my sister in law’s, she does all the cooking.

Our menu this year : fois gras (here in the middle of the table), smoked salmon, lamb, cheese platter and dessert.

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On Christmas day we celebrate again, and this time it was at our place. Fois gras as an appetizer, roast beef with several veggies, dessert.

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3. Champagne

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4. Home made desserts : All are family recipes.


The Auguste cake.

The Yule Log.

The Bon jeune homme (Nice Young Man) – what a weird name for a dessert

 All of them are pretty much variations of chocolate / eggs / butter / sugar.

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Le Bon Jeune Homme

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Family Yule Log













5. Time in the kitchen. The whole family loves to pitch in.

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Most of my nieces and nephew are in their twenties now, so it won’t be long before they might celebrate with their significant others elsewhere, my father in law is no longer with us, and part of the family is in Africa this year…. but everyone was there in spirit.


I hope you had a wonderful day with your friends and family. What was special about your festivities ?

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Comments: 17

  1. Britt@MyOwnBalance December 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Merry Xmas! I am with you in regards to family and champagne! This year both sets of grandparents spent Christmas with their children and their first grandchild. It was pretty special!

    • Karen - French Inspiration December 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm Reply

      First Christmases with babies are special ! A bit different, because the whole dynamic changes…. but so much fun !

  2. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading December 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Wow, Karen! These are such great pics and I’m so glad you were able to spend time with family and that all of you have a hand in the preparations, cooking and fun. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Have a great weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm Reply

      Hope you have a great weekend also.

  3. Jennifer December 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Joyeux Noel! The foie gras looks so good.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm Reply

      Merry Christmas to you too, and yes, it was good !

  4. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness December 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm Reply

    Homemade dessert are always delicious. I only seem to have them over the holidays, which I always look forward to.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply

      My husband’s family makes the desserts… I don’t have the patience to bake, though I love to cook. I will eat them though 🙂

  5. Molly @alsoranagain December 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm Reply

    My Christmas also involved champagne! Cheers. 🙂

    Our Christmas was very low-key. We opened presents, ate a nice breakfast, went to a movie (“Unbroken”) and went out for dinner.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 26, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply

      Sounds good to me ! Low key definitely has its advantages.

  6. Jenny @ TurtleStride December 26, 2014 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I’m not sure what I would do without Skype! It certainly makes living away from family easier!

    • Karen - French Inspiration December 27, 2014 at 7:54 am Reply

      Crazy how Skype has become such a part of our lives in only a few years !

  7. Liz @ Loving to Tri December 27, 2014 at 3:31 am Reply

    Wow – that food looks amazing! We had a rather low key Christmas, but it was spent at the beach, so it was amazing. We also used Skype to spend time with our family members who couldn’t join us!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 27, 2014 at 7:53 am Reply

      Beach sounds good to me !

  8. Marcia December 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

    This brings back great memories! We lived in England and Belgium for a couple of years and visited France often. I loved seeing your celebration. We’ll be in Paris and Marseilles this summer! : )
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm Reply

      Hope you have a great trip next summer ! France is wonderful.

  9. Mar @ Mar on the Run December 28, 2014 at 2:59 am Reply

    Merry Christmas! This looks so festive and fun 🙂
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