- The Santa Clauses hanging from people's balcony makes it look like there's a band of red and white cat burglars throughout the city.
- The Holidays lights - which are never taken down - are finally lit. They say such happy things like "Bienvenue rue des Postes" and "rue Gambetta".
- On the Friday before Christmas, shops close at 7pm but are exceptionally open on the Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
- Candied chestnuts. The most divine candied creation that ever existed is only available in December and January. The bakery sells bags of brisures (broken bits) for cheap.
- Trees! I know last year I talked about how Christmas used to make me feel uncomfortable but this year, we actually have a tree in our house which also serves as Hanukkah bush. It's really very pretty and smells nice.
- Liebkeuchen - German ginger bread cookies coated in chocolate and sometimes stuffed with apricot jam. They are common in Alsace and at LIDL, the cheap German supermarket.
- Not having to worry about political correctness to ruin the cheer. Everyone's happy. Everyone gives gifts. Everyone's on vacation. And there's a huge, very tacky ferris wheel in the middle of the main square.
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