It has been an incredible festive season. It basically ran from my birthday in November until 1st of January.
In November the city of Marseille already had the Christmas Market up with the Big Wheel in the Vieux Port.
I think I’ve also sang more Christmas Carols this year than ever before. Of course none of them were in Afrikaans, but hey, I sang French Carols!
The season was filled with fun activities. I took the Rasch kids Christmas shopping with Chrissy and Christine. It was a fun outing, scouting through a buzzing ToysRUs for gifts. Also spent time with friends, making “Vin Chaud”.
Our team from Evolution13 also went caroling in Cours Julien, singing and handing out small gift packages. It was fun and we even got to sing in two Restaurants.
One of the very Provencal traditions is the creche with santons, little porcelain dolls displaying the birth of Christ. I was invited to tea and snacks with my flatmate to our landlady’s house. She showed us her creche and told us when and where she bought most of her santons. Some of them are over 50 years old.
It was my first winter Christmas. I’m used to having a very warm climate during Christmas time. It doesn’t usually snow in Marseille so it wasn’t a white Christmas, but I’m sure I will see some snow this year!
We had a wonderful team lunch at the Rasches. It was filled with food, fun and lots of laughter. We did a gift swop and also had a talent show. Some very talented people on our team! There were also tears as many of us were missing home and the words of poems and songs struck our hearts deeper than ever.
On Christmas day we were invited to the house of some Dutch friends who’ve been in Marseille for 18 years, It was the closest I could feel to home as the language and culture is the closest to Afrikaans I could find since I landed in Marseille. We were spoiled with wonderful food and also sang some Carols.
It was great to be able to Skype with my family on Christmas day. They were all together at my grandmother’s house and I got to say hi to most of them! I was missing my brother and his family especially. I miss the kids.
We ended a lovely Christmas day with a movie night, with Nacho Libre, Elf and The Count Of Monte Christo on the playlist.
New Years eve was incredible! We watched a fireworks show at the Vieux Port and afterwords joined friends for dinner.
Here’s to 2014!