dimanche 29 mars 2015

Grinchmas in Paris

Y'all know I am usually a super Grinch but I absolutely love Christmas. I was a retail slave for most of working life (until I married rich, duh!) so I am no stranger to the craziness that the season brings. Surprisingly, despite the enormous crowds and eternal hours, the holidays were always my favorite. What can I say? I love the chaos. I think it goes without saying that I have probably heard every single holiday classic imaginable. Still, I love the music, especially by the Ronettes or anything on the Home Alone soundtracks. I love to decorate my haus with stockings and big ass red bows, hang a million ornaments on my poor tree, and try to figure out who my Secret Santa is. I also watch my favorite Christmas movies over and over cause I am a total holiday ham. When I am not busy quoting Christmas Vacation or Home Alone (1 & 2 ONLY), one of my favorite pastimes is judging people when I ask them whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween or Christmas movie. In short, I am a total savage (albeit a joyous one).

Just like Macys, Barneys, and Bergdorf in New York City, the big department stores in Pahree (Printemps, Le Bon Marché, and Galeries Lafayette) join in on the Christmas fun and decorate their windows, too. It is a holiday tradition and I couldn't wait to see them. Since I left home on Black Friday, I was missing out on the Christmas Mania back home. How was I supposed to know how many assholes got trampled at Wal-Mart this year? I wasn't going to be back home til mid-December, so I was gonna miss out big time. To cheer myself up, I headed over to check them out-- and what a treat they were! Galeries Lafayette's were my favorite, obvi. The theme was Noël Monstre ("Monstrous Christmas") and it was so cute and creative. Remember that it was the dreaded Dimanche (Sunday), so although the store was closed, the windows were open for all to enjoy. It was nice to see families out together for a leisurely stroll. Tourists and residents alike stopped and stared at the windows, absolutely entranced. Kids had their tiny little faces pressed against the glass, watching every move. I swear I even saw adults smiling. I am not making that up! Who knew these Frenchies had it in them? Their little Grinch coeurs grew three sizes that day. With enchanting windows like these, how could they not?

The windows featured mischievous monsters of all colors, shapes, and sizes having some fun. I have added a short raggedy video at the end cause pictures just do not do them justice!

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