Community Festive Spirit.

If I was living in the North West of England the erecting of the Christmas tree may temp a few people to look its way but nothing more. Here in Daglan it is a special event which draws the villagers to it. People stop their cars in the middle of the road to give comments and advice to the men from the Mairie working on the tree and pedestrians stop to chat when they are going to the Boulangerie or the Supermarket. Which of course brings about beaming smiles for the men from the Mairie.
“Decorations now please”. Well done the tree is looking splendid.
 

A superb tree with its sparkling lights, tells the children that there are only so many sleeps to Christmas and that they must be extra good.

If you have any pictures of your town or village lights or Christmas tree could you send one to me please, I love Christmas.
 

Christmas would not be Christmas in Daglan without Santa being stuck in the tree.
 

Festive fun outside and inside the supermarket. Free biscuits, cake and mulled wine were being given out to all of the shoppers last Sunday morning.

Unfortunately, due to ill health I could not have any of the delights on offer but there is always next year.
 

A festive sight, Corrine and Thierry will welcome you at their Boulangerie.
 

The winter truffle market is open on Sundays at 11:00 prompt. Paul was there at the gate ready to buy but the smaller truffles had been sold by the time he battled through the queue. Better luck next Sunday. Truffles with Paul’s turkey and my vegetarian meal for Christmas day sounds good to me.
 

Almost into the fountain after strong winds pushed the tree over. Not to worry, the men from the Mairie were there early and it is back in place once more, of course with comments and advice from passers by.
 

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year.
 

 

Marche de Noel

This was the best Christmas market that I have ever been to in France. Well done to the ladies from the Club de l’Amitié Daglanaise craft sessions who have been organising and planning the event for the last few months and to all those who helped prepare the Salle des Fetes for a wonderful event. There has already been interest from people for a Christmas market for next year.

Step inside the wonderland.

 

Such an array of artisan products for sale, each stall was brimming with decorations, toys, ornaments and cards for Christmas. There was also, a raffle, tombola and guess the weight of the Christmas cake. We won a DVD on the tombola which I was very pleased with.
 

Mouth watering home made cakes were on display in the market café, they had nearly sold out by the end of the day.
 

“Tea, coffee, mulled wine anyone”.
 

The village school was also represented.
 

A Very festive selection of Christmas products.
 

I loved these unusual and creative meditating cats.
 

Who could resist a bit of bling from this collection.
 

Le grotte du père Noël

There was not only the Marche de Noel held in the village last weekend but being the start of the Perigord truffle season the first weekly black truffle market was held in the village school playground, which Paul and I will be visiting next Sunday to purchase our Christmas truffles.

 
 

Marché de Noël : Daglan

Everything that you need to start the Festive season right here in Daglan.

Just a selection of the many things that will be on offer on the 8th December:-
Stalls, selling arts and crafts. I am thinking Christmas presents.
Village produce stall
Guess the weight of the Christmas Cake
Christmas Hamper to win
Tombola
Père Noëll
Face painting
Plus lots of yummy things to eat hot or cold. For example crepes, sausages outside. Mince pies, cakes etc. in the building. With hot or cold drinks.

Look out for Paul and I on the art embroidery stall.

A good day out for all of the family.

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Over recent weeks Sarlat has been transformed from a beautiful medieval town to a wonderful Christmas village. The highlight being Sarlat Christmas Market (this year with a Spanish theme) and outdoor skating rink. Open until the end of December, with up to forty wooden chalets selling traditional arts and crafts, mulled wine, cakes, hot roasted chestnuts and caviar! But I saw no tapas on our morning visit!

Snow flakes flutter down in this tableau scene at the entrance to the Christmas Market.
 

I particular like the traditional Christmas tree ornaments for sale in quite a few of the chalets. Glass baubles, wooden hearts, and lots of red bows that are very popular in this area of France.

Incidentally, many French Christmas traditions originate from Alsace and it was in the town of Selestat that Christmas trees first appeared in the 11th Century. People used to decorate their trees with real fruit but one year the harvest was poor and a local glass blower from Goetzenbruck in Moselle tried to replicate the fruit by creating glass balls to hang on the branches. However, I have heard of a few more places that have been named for the origination of glass ornaments! Wherever they came from, they are gorgeous.

Facade of a Spanish Finca welcomes visitors to the market.
 

I do love this little donkey standing outside the chalet of the Donkey Sanctuary where you can buy gorgeous soap, aprons, tea towels etc. The profit goes to the upkeep of the Sanctuary.
 

New to the Christmas Market is a chalet selling Neuvic Caviar.
 

Spanish Flamenco dancers or matadors decorate many of the chalets.
 

Prints of Salvador Dali paintings hang from the trees. This painting is a particular favourite of mine.
 

Paul admiring the traditional wooden Christmas tree decorations in this chalet.
 
 

Event:-Daglan Truffle Market every Sunday from 11am until February.

26th to 30th December Merlin at Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. This is a narrative show for young children in sound, shadows and light. Shows are at 11 o’clock, 2.30 and 3.30.

Sarlat Truffle Festival 19th and 20th January.
 
 

Noël, Noël, Noël.

Welcome to Daglan Noël. Everything is ready, Santa is in his tree; lights are hanging from every vantage point; and we have decorations at the Supermarket and the Boulangerie. Not forgetting the highlight of the festive decorations, the Tree in le Place de la Liberté, it twinkles all night long, gorgeous.

Welcoming Santa at the 8 à Huit Supermarket.
 

A Splendid St Nicolas sits at the check out counter. Do not forget to put a few cents (or euros) into the charity tin in front of him.
 

Santa, sledge and reindeer parked in the branches of the tree. He really needs to park more carefully, this happens every year!
 

The street decorations that straddle the road were being hung carefully into place.
 

“A little more to the left please”.
 

It takes a lot of people and skill to erect the tree, it needs to be perfect.
 

The result of the hard work are worth it.
Decorated and with lights, looking superb, well done.
 

Our Mairie, decorated for the Noël period. Not sure if you can see but there are some of Santa’s elves on the door, wall and windows.

 
 

Events. Daglan winter truffle market, begins this Sunday at 11 and every Sunday until the end of February.
 
 

Next Blog:-Sarlat Marché De Noel, with, I am sure, hot mulled wine etc.