Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Magic of Christmas Lights in Paris

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Christmas lights.
 
When I was in elementary school, my church did a night of Christmas caroling every December. We visited all the shut-ins from our church, but one year, we also went to the most beautifully decorated house I'd ever seen. 

To this day, when I'm in my hometown for Christmas, I make a point of driving to this one house to see their decorations. Beau and I went the Saturday night after Thanksgiving, but to my great disappointment, the lights hadn't been lit yet. At least they were beautiful all along Main Street.

I've seen many big, beautiful cities decorated for Christmas, but none of them compare to Paris. 


Roue de Paris, Place de la Concorde, December 2007
Pink lights outside the marché de Noel at La Défense, December 2009
Galeries Lafayette, December 2010

I've been in Paris for three holiday seasons, even if I never actually spent Christmas in the city. But I was there to admire all the lights in 2007, 2009, and 2010.

This will be only my second Christmas away from my family, but I recognize that as half of a committed relationship, we have a future of holidays away from our families ahead of us. I only hope that one of those holidays will be Thanksgiving in France, with my cousins, when everything is already decorated for Christmas, but the madness of December hasn't started yet.

Until then, I'm pretty happy with the Christmas lights on my little tree and window, overlooking my apartment's parking lot.

Please excuse the screenshot I took of my picture on Instagram.

What's your favorite city for Christmas lights? Are you spending Christmas with your family this year? Let me know in the comments!

Note: I was trying to find the Travel Tuesday link up, and I couldn't. But I did find this link up on being a kid at Christmas, and I figured it was a similar topic to what I wrote.
Note 2: I found Travel Tuesday with Bonnie at A Compass Rose! Woohoo! 

14 comments:

  1. I love the photo at La Defense. This will be my 4th Christmas abroad without family, which is sad, but there really is a special magic about European cities around the holidays. x

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    1. I actually have better pictures of it, but they're from later years, and I wanted to show a photo from each year.

      It must be so hard to spend that many holidays away from your family, but I imagine London is pretty spectacular right now.

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  2. Ain't this time of year grand? Some wonderful photos, I hope to see this IRL one day. Merry Christmas.

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    1. YES! The holiday season just makes me so happy. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Oh i would love to see christmas in paris! thanks so much for linking up

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    1. Sorry my topic wasn't exactly on-point... Thanks for hosting the link up and letting me participate!

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  4. Your blog is so cute! And loving all those lights - London has pretty cool lights too :) Xo

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    1. Thank you! I've heard London is pretty magical then too, but I've only been to London in May.

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  5. i was in paris a couple of days before christmas. it was just like i'd hoped it would be.

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    1. When were you in Paris?! I know you're a beauty blogger, but I'd love to hear some of your travel adventures. :)

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  6. The only time I've been to Paris it was in the summer, but I'd love to back in the winter sometime. As for the holidays, I'm spending them in Louisiana, away from my family. I haven't actually been back to California for Christmas for several years, before my mom died actually. Although we are going back in early January, but maybe next year we'll finally be back there for the holidays.

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    1. It's cold, but beautiful then. I hope you had a nice Christmas in Louisiana, even if it wasn't with your family. It's one of those relationship sacrifices. =/ I love spending Christmas with Beau, and I enjoyed celebrating first with his family, and then just the two of us. But being away from my parents and from home was really hard.

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  7. I missed Christmas in Paris! I moved over in mid-January and have visited in early November, but I didn't get to see it in full Christmas splendor. methinks I smell a trip coming up... hehe :)

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    1. My eventual goal is to get to Paris with Beau Vierge for Thanksgiving. I spent two Thanksgivings with my cousins in Saint Germain-en-laye, and they were two of the best Thanksgivings I've ever celebrated. Plus, by then, all the Christmas decorations are in full swing, but the Christmas crowds aren't quite so bad yet!

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