The next year, I convinced Pascal to dress as Santa for a second holiday photo shoot in the park. I had to yell at him for smoking in his Santa suit whilst in front of the children! Of course, they were New York City kids, so it probably didn't even faze them.
Now that we're in the business of selling handmade chocolate confections, we're so busy during the holiday season we hardly have time for sleeping and eating. Holiday cards are out of the question! Of course, we still like to receive Christmas cards (they are one of our lifelines to sanity during the hectic holiday season), and we do want to keep in touch with friends and family. So, after two years of negligence, we decided to take a page out of Julia Child's book. Literally. In her autobiography, My Life in France (which, incidentally is one of my all-time favorite books), Julia explains how she and her husband, Paul, sent out Valentine's Day cards every year as an alternative to holiday cards: “Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards. With our ever-enlarging network of family, friends, and Foreign Service colleagues, we found that Paul's hand-designed valentine cards...were a nice way to keep in touch." One year they posed in a bathtub, wearing nothing but artfully arranged bubbles!
But, for South 'n France, Valentine's Day cards in the middle of peak chocolate-selling season are also out of the question! When does our season slow down a bit? Not until July. From now on, we'll be cranking up the holiday tunes, pulling out the holiday cards, and telling our loved ones "Merry Christmas" about six months in advance (or, too late, depending on your point of view). So from our house to yours, Happy Holidays!