Sunday's picture and a song: Grown up Christmas List

The Christmas season has officially started. I just listened to Natalie Cole and David Foster's "My Grown up Christmas List". It brought tears to my eyes, the same as it does every year, because it always makes me think about what would be on my grown up Christmas list. After visiting the Christmas market at the Apprentis d'Auteuil, a Catholic organization in France that welcomes, educates and trains boys and girls ranging in age from 6-21 years old, one of my wishes would be that there were no more parentless children in the world.

If you're looking for a good dose of Christmas cheer and are near the 16th arrondissement, please visit the Christmas market. There are about 20 booths selling gastronomic specialities, jewelry, baby clothes, scarves and Christmas trees. Additionally, the boutique selling vintage fashion, household items and a wide selection of books is open during the Christmas market. Sara is very pleased with the pink Givenchy coat for 24 euros that she found yesterday. Best of all, the proceeds from the boutique go to the Apprentis d'Auteuil. 

From December 8-16, the Christmas Market is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. There are concerts and special activities for children, including an English style Christmas Carol Service on December 15 at 5:30 pm and American Gospel on December 16 at 5:30 pm. The Melbourne Grammar School will perform a selection of classical Christmas music today (December 9) at 5:30 pm.

For more information about the Apprentis d'Auteuil, please click here to read a post from the archives and click here to see the FB album of photos from the Christmas Market.

Apprentis d'Auteuil
40, rue Jean de la Fontaine
75016 Paris


  1. A pink Givenchy coat?? Need photos! That sounds really pretty...but I'm also partial to pink. : )

    Thanks for a recommendation on where to go for Christmas shopping (I haven't started yet!). My neighborhood doesn't have any markets that I know of, so maybe I'll head over there to see what I can pick up.

    I think this group Apprentis d'Auteuil was doing a demonstration yesterday. I don't want to call it a manif' because it was aggressive. I just saw a large congregation of people marching through Bastille holding balloons for a children's org. My photos didn't do the moment any justice.

    Happy Sunday!

    1. I'm currently having a case of "Givenchy coat envy" myself and wishing that I had spotted it before Sara. With your dark hair, it would lovely on your pink cuddly sweater that draws waiters to you like moths towards a flame!

  2. I have never heard this song before. It is lovely.

    I have read a book featuring Apprentis d'Auteuil way back in the mists of time. Can't think what it was about, some fiction Which reminds me we never got to go for lunch in the convent in the 16th. We must do it this summer. A bloggers lunch there one day would be a good idea?

    I was also writing a blog post of a Christmas list, you beat me to it.

    Have a good Sunday.

    Love Denise

    1. A bloggers lunch at the Apprentis d'Auteuil is an excellent idea, Denise. And even better, I like that you proposed that we organize a get-together this summer. That must mean that you still plan to travel to Paris on a regular basis, which is excellent news.

      I look forward to reading your Christmas list post!

  3. Coincidence that you posted Christmas songs Sundays back to back by the amazing NCC and his daughter ? Both so very talented.

    I am really thinking about a Nov/December visit to Paris once I can muster the bravery to face cold weather. Even to someone who does not celebrate Christmas, Paris looks like a magical place to enjoy during the holiday season.

    1. It's most impressive that you remembered last week's song, Nancy! I didn't...or maybe I did on some subliminal level and that's why I picked Natalie Cole's version of "Grown up Christmas List" over Kelly Clarkson's version.

      Much to my surprise (and delight), I really like Paris during the holiday season. I think that I've already told you that the reason that I'm surprised is because I didn't enjoy a pre-Christmas visit that I made here as a tourist about 10 years ago.

  4. Ah, now that I have the upper hand on this cold which had kept me clustered in bed for a week, I'm eager to go get some of the Christmas spirit everyone's been writing and talking about. If only I were in Paris, of course...

    1. Your boot cup filled with mulled wine from the Christmas market looked very cheerful, Joseph. I'm happy to hear that you're feeling better! One of these years, you'll have to spend Christmas in Paris.

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