Just like that, we’re headed towards the end of 2021! My French Country Home Magazine is back with our final issue of the year — the November/December edition — and we’re here to celebrate the best of the holiday season in France.
As such, this issue is all about les fêtes, and from the tree to the table, we have a host of festive treats in store! We revisit traditional holiday décor ideas and suggest gifts all Francophiles will love (plus fun, creative & eco-friendly ways to wrap them!). Stylist and chef Eve Cardi has thought up some wonderful, nature-inspired ideas to impress guests — from savory edible place settings to theatrical chandeliers. We head down south to see the stunning Château de Moissac outfitted for Christmas and also tour the mesmerizing Jardin Plume, whose sculpted topiary is beautiful all year round but particularly breathtaking graced by frost and snow; a peaceful place for reflection on the year past and the year to come. Our “Discovering Guide” takes us to Champagne, with its world-famous Maisons and vineyards. On the table, we honor the French tradition of le Réveillon with indulgent recipes and show-stopping desserts… and so much more.
Here, take a peek at just a few of our holiday features, or click below to flip through a preview — happy holidays!
That’s A Wrap
Our favorite kind of gift wrapping is fun, sustainable and begs to be opened! We offer up five different creative ideas to wrap your presents this year. And don’t miss the MFCH Holiday Gift Guide, where we suggest items from some of our favorite French brands that every madame or monsieur on your list will adore!
Is there a better way to celebrate than with French fizz? Discover the origins of the world’s most celebratory drink with a trip to the birthplace of bubbly – an abundant landscape that offers history, heritage and more than a bit of sparkle. From where to stay, eat and sample the best champagnes, to the best things to do, we have got you covered!
It wouldn’t be the holidays without indulgent sweets. Learn about the internationally beloved French sweet shop, Maison Méert, founded all the way back in 1761 by master chocolatier Sieur Delacourt. Centuries later, visitors from all over the world continue to flock to the luxurious green and gold shop, one of the most sumptuous architectural designs that the city has ever seen, to try his famous waffle (and other elegant treats).
All is Calm
Tout est calme en hiver. We head the South of France to the Château de Moissac, a restored 17th-century castle near Aix-en-Provence. The ideal backdrop for a gorgeous and quiet Christmas spent with family and close friends, take a tour of this sparsely yet elegantly detailed destination, outfitted in traditional décor foraged from the surrounding nature for seasonal festivities.
We hope you are excited as we are about our November/December 2021 issue!