So far, 2020 has been the strangest year for everyone.

December should be a month of celebration as we await Christmas.

This is usually the time for yuletide festivities and a fun atmosphere.

Illuminations and decorations are put up in the streets and inside our homes.

Christmas markets and festive events are held in our town centres.

People travel to Paris, London and other inspiring destinations...

But for many of us, this year will be like no other.

It seems like we're just skipping Christmas.

It is in the midst of that sad context that I came up with an idea.

Which was to work on a photographic eBook that would give you a glimpse of how Christmas is celebrated in the French province of Alsace.

And as I was sorting out hundreds of photos to compile them into a book, I could see how these pictures could bring back some yuletide spirit to those of us who are restricted to armchair travel!

But why isn't it an ebook on Christmas in Paris? Why Alsace?

Well, Paris may be the City of Lights, nevertheless it is the region of Alsace in northeastern France that is known by the French as being THE Christmas destination.

Alsace sets the bar high and is a reference point and a source of inspiration for those who love the festive season.

In fact, this is a region which has had a large influence over Christmas celebrations in France.

The Christmas market is a long standing tradition there.

The proximity of Germany gives a ‘germanic touch’ that is much appreciated in France.

The setting is perfect.

Old half-timbered houses richly decorated, an abundance of fairy lights, classical concerts in local churches, delicious treats, Christmas cookies and gingerbread.

It all combines to offer an unforgettable festive experience.

And when it snows, you are treated with the most traditional Christmas atmosphere!

Just have a look at the photos below and you'll understand what I mean!

Thann Christmas market © French Moments
Le marché de Noël à Wissembourg © French Moments
A French Winter Wonderland: Village of Hirtzbach © French Moments

THE CHRISTMAS EBOOK IS NOW READY TO DOWNLOAD!

After working on it for several weeks, the photographic eBook is finally ready!

It contains 340+ photos, 256 pages and covers 16 enchanting destinations.

Illuminations, decorations, fir trees and delicious treats: this is a compilation of things I loved and experienced while visiting Alsace in December. 

These are photos shot during freezing nights in December... but also in the warm atmosphere of an authentic Christmas market.

It is a book specially dedicated to the discovery of the Christmas traditions that make Alsace such a unique holiday destination.

I hope it will transport you somewhere special - to a magical land far from all the bad news in the media.

C'est Noël : Il est grand temps de rallumer les étoiles...

(It's Christmas: it is high time to switch the stars back on...)

Guillaume Apollinaire

ebook content!

This new eBook is unique ... This is the first time Christmas in Alsace is being made available and it contains more than 340 photos.

The book is organised around the 7 Christmassy areas of Alsace.

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THE CHRISTMAS DESTINATIONS OF ALSACE

The 7 Christmassy Areas in Alsace
Wissembourg
Haguenau
Saverne
Strasbourg
The Alsace Wine Route [north]
Obernai
Sélestat
Riquewihr
Kaysersberg
Colmar
Eguisheim
The Ecomusée d'Alsace
Ensisheim & Guebwiller
Thann & the Upper Vosges
Mulhouse
Altkirch & the Sundgau

FRENCH CHRISTMAS SONGS

Douce nuit, Sainte nuit
Entre le bœuf et l’âne gris
Il est né le divin Enfant
Les Anges dans nos campagnes
Minuit, Chrétiens (O Holy Night)
Mon beau sapin

CHRISTMAS TREATS

Christolle
Mannele
St. Nicholas and Christmas Gingerbreads
Kugelhopf
Linzer Torte
Alsatian Christmas Cookies
Bûche de Noël
Mulled Wine

CHRISTMAS GLOSSARY FRENCH-ENGLISH

PIERRE, AUThoR of 1300+ articles about FRANCE!

Marché de Noël de Strasbourg © French Moments

As a French national, you’d think I know everything about France... but to be honest this knowledge comes from hundreds of hours of research. 

Born in Nancy, Lorraine, I'm fascinated by monuments and beautiful places. I have always been curious and eager to unveil the mysteries of history. And I have always been interested in wandering off the beaten track. 

In the past I've lived in France, Germany, Australia and am now based in the UK where I run French Moments Ltd, a company my wife and I founded to promote beautiful France and its language.

Whilst living in Sydney, Australia, I got busy studying a Master of Translation & Interpretation English-French with Master of International Relations... then I ran a French language centre before returning to Europe. But more than anything what motivates me is writing about France and sharing it with the world. 

Started in 2008, our blog frenchmoments.eu has attracted over 1 million visitors in 2019 and has become well referenced on the web today.

Throughout my time living in Paris and Annecy, I offered guided tours to people coming from around the globe: the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, India... I loved seeing people's faces come alive as they discovered new places. 

My passion is to help people discover France, whether in person or from the comfort of their armchair!

And the present Christmas eBook was born out of this passion...

I hope you enjoy the photographic journey of Alsace at Christmas!

Pierre

what people say...

As this is a brand new eBook, I don't have many testimonials (yet) from happy readers. However, here are a few things our previous clients and readers have said: 

Christmas in Alsace: A Photographic Journey is a must-read for anyone who loves France and wants to learn more about the rich Christmas traditions in Alsace. Pierre’s photos will transport you to this beautiful area of the country and you’ll learn not only about the history of Christmas traditions, but how Christmas and all the traditions of the season are celebrated today. This book is fun and easy to read and a treasure for anyone who loves France and wants to learn more about it!

Ellen

NY, USA

Merci Pierre pour ce magnifique eBook. Je l’ai déroulé comme on feuillette un album de famille que l’on regarde avec tendresse. 

À travers tes nombreuses photos, tu as réussi à transcrire un reflet de nos traditions alsaciennes durant cette période de l’Avent. C’est tout à fait rafraîchissant et je n’ai qu’une envie : aller faire un petit tour dans ma chère Alsace... mais comme cette année est tellement spéciale, je me contenterai de rêver en regardant ton livre, bien installée dans mon canapé.

Marie-Christine

Annecy, France

Christmas in Alsace is a special book. It covers a part of France that is often not on the minds of those thinking about France, or in the plans of folks hoping to travel there. Pierre deeply loves this part of France, and you can feel his excitement and desire to share with the reader in his every paragraph. Too, his photographs are wonderfully different from most travel images. What he captures is not the beauty of his own photographic work, but the look and feel of the places he’s photographing. There is a sense that you are really there, looking at and enjoying what he saw and loved. It’s as immersive an experience as I’ve ever enjoyed.

Mark

Rochester, USA

I have visited Alsace but never at Christmas time. This collection of beautiful photos showing magical Christmas illuminations, colourful displays of gifts, nativity scenes, houses typical of the region and more will delight and entice you as you browse.

It made me want to be there, to experience this enchanting world of Christmas.

Diana

East Sussex, UK

Christmas in Alsace: A Photographic Journey nous offre un voyage féerique et lumineux à l'image d'un réveillon de Noël. Un voyage en Alsace entre traditions, saveurs et patrimoine. Ce livre est enchantement, un guide très agréable à lire, bourré d'explications et illustré de photos qui nous en mettent plein les mirettes. Un livre qui donne du baume au cœur en cette période difficile.
Merci à Pierre pour ce recueil de qualité.

Sabrina

Paris, France

Thank you for taking me on a Christmas journey through the regions of Alsace. I loved the photos of the vibrant market stalls, the different nativities and learning what the different regions have to offer for Christmas. A wonderful ebook, that I would highly recommend!

Carrie

Eastbourne, UK

I wanted to let you know how interesting I find your writing. I was to be travelling in France about now but . . . In locked down Melbourne I travelled in my mind instead and read your posts and follow up on the information in them. Again, thank you!

Suzanne

Melbourne, Australie

Je viens de regarder vos sites de Noël. C'est tout simplement magique. Malgré la situation actuelle, en regardant ces belles photos : cela nous met le coeur en joie.
Joyeuses fêtes à vous et votre famille.

Corinne

Normandy, France

You are a treasure, and no one knows France as you do, and your photography to support it all is sublime!

Marshall

Californie, USA

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