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père noel

December 21, 2008

It's the Christmas market in the village and quel embarrassment. The sky is blue, the choir is singing and I'm standing outside the bar tabac chatting to a friend when the peace of this timeless scene is shattered by Biff barking very loudly and ferociously.

I turn around to look at the cause of this uncharacteristic behaviour and see that it is a man wearing a red suit and fake white beard. Fortunately, the villagers and stall holders find it very amusing. Everyone is laughing and I realise that rather than 'l'anglaise with the little black dog' I will probably be known henceforward as 'l'anglaise with the little black dog who tried to attack Father Christmas.' (Secretly however, I am impressed by my little dog's ability to spot a fake at ten paces!)

In the English bookshop, which is packed out with people who have driven from as far away as Angouleme to pick up their Christmas cakes, I bump into my friend Martine the maire, and tell her about the stand-off with Père Noel.

'I am not surprised by this,' she says, before heading off to distribute Christmas presents - this year it's half a bottle of champagne - to the elderly residents of her commune. 'Biff probably did not like it that this other man was the centre of attention.'

comments (4)

1. Posted by pierre l on December 21, 2008 3:03 PM

I agree that you have a clever dog here. It's a good thing that he wasn't expressing his views about the choir -- that could have been unpleasant. Perhaps the man in the red coat was someone that Biff recognised.
As always, I am very pleased to read you, and wish you a lovely Christmas. Are we likely to learn about Portuguese Christmas traditions?

2. Posted by Aj on December 21, 2008 7:39 PM

Biff has such good taste he just knows a cheap red santa suit when he sees one.

3. Posted by markyj on December 23, 2008 9:35 PM

Ooh, Biff humbug! Doesm't he realise that Santa will be filling his stocking? Then again....joyaux noel a tous!

4. Posted by mimi pompom on December 24, 2008 12:38 AM

Dear Pierre,
wishing you a lovely Christmas also. More to follow on Portugese Christmas traditions soon!

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