A long time ago, when I worked in downtown Chicago, my favorite lunchtime haunt was a magazine newsstand that offered the biggest assortment of magazines I had ever seen, including many foreign titles. I came across a French craft magazine that instantly became my favorite–it was called 100 Idees. Miss an issue? Quelle horreur! I have kept all the copies, and periodically I riffle through them to absorb their particularly French take on crafts, especially enjoying the Christmas issues. I would like to share some images from these Christmas issues, because they are fun and inspirational, and even if you don’t speak or read French (I read it with a French dictionary at hand), I hope you will enjoy these pictures and perhaps be inspired to have a Christmas a la Francais.
An assortment of French Christmas cookies, called sables. Sables are like shortbread/sugar cookies, and have a sandy texture. There are many different kinds of sables. A recipe to try can be found at Joy of Baking.com.
Candy apples are an old-fashioned treat that would be fun to make for Christmas.