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Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Christmas Market on Avenue des Champs-Élysées, photo by Carin Olsson of Paris in Four Months

Somehow I ended up on Champs-Élysées after running a few errands before leaving Paris to spend the holidays in Stockholm, and apparently I came just in time for the annual Christmas market. This is a market I would never ever make the effort to visit intentionally – for many different reasons, but mostly because it’s too touristy and the stands are more than often owned by grumpy people who absolutely hate their jobs, which doesn’t really get me in that cheerful holiday mood if you know what I mean? But once there I thought I might as well snap a few photos. Say what you will about the miserable service but a few of those stands can look pretty cute and “Christmassy” after all.

After being away in the Swedish countryside over the weekend I’ll celebrate Christmas here in Stockholm together with my family tomorrow. Yes, over here we do most of the celebrations on the 24th, which might seem odd to many of you but maybe it’s a Swedish thing? Anyways, we’ve prepared tons of food, stocked up on favourite movies and looked up recipes for the perfect caramels, so it seems like we’re all good to go! The only thing missing now is the snow… I hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmas and get to celebrate with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

  • lornas

    Lovely photos. Merry Christmas! x

    http://lornaswishingwell.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://liveitinerantly.com/ Quyen Nguyen

    Wow, so magical and beautiful. Caramels are my favorite winter treat!

  • http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/ Supal

    Seriously the French Christmas Markets are so, so lovely! I was lucky enough to have visited Winter Wonderland in London and the Christmas Market again in Edinburgh again this year and it’s always the best way to get me into the holiday spirit. Lovely photos! x

  • amandacsater

    So beautiful! I wish I was there.

    xo Amanda
    http://theluxelion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.bisousdescaribous.com/ Alix

    Beautiful photos! I love the Christmas markets in France! I’ve been to a couple in Canada, but it’s just not the same! Joyeux Noël, Carin!

  • http://www.journeyintolavillelumiere.com/ hana journey

    Merry Christmas Carin! Btw. we also celebrate Christmas on the 24th in Slovakia :) Enjoy your time with your family and loved ones xxx

  • http://endlesslyenraptured.com/ Jade Sheldon

    Oh, I don’t think that is weird at all. We always have celebrations on Christmas Eve and try to keep Christmas day as relaxed as possible…

  • http://staciamia.blogspot.com.au/ Stacia

    Beautiful photos! Love the Christmas spirit :-)

    http://staciamia.blogspot.com.au

  • chantelle

    Yes, most of the people I know do the 24th as well!

  • http://sometimesgracefully.com/ Grace Beekman

    Have a lovely holiday! For such a grumpy place, you sure capture it beautifully! :)

  • http://analeote.blogspot.pt/ Ana Leote

    Nice photos!

    Merry Christmas

    xx

    http://analeote.blogspot.pt/

  • Dominica C

    beautiful pictures .. you really captured this perfect sweet feeling !

    http://seeyouatnine.blogspot.com

  • Amy

    I love the photos! Merry christmas :-)

  • viktoria

    amazing photos! Merry Christmas!

    http://thedaydreamings.blogspot.de/

  • http://www.leftbanked.com Leftbanked

    I love Christmas markets.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas!!
    http://www.leftbanked.com

  • paula castaneda

    I’m from Colombia and we always celebrate the 24th :) Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.ambitieuse.net/ Ylenia

    Oh I definitely understand you! I already have a not so nice anecdote at that exact Christmas Market… though I’m glad you got to enjoy it and snap some beautiful photos!
    In Mexico it’s the same, the whole party and dinner is on the 24th… then the 25th is just to relax and eat leftovers ;)
    Happy belated Christmas!

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  • http://rosetintedillustration.blogspot.co.nz/ Rose Tinted Illustration & Des

    These are such lovely pictures! It looks more like a funfair or carnival then a market :)

    xo Maree – Rose Tinted Illustration