Joyeux Noël!

Les Anges annonçant aux bergers la naissance du Christ par Govert Flinck (1639)

Les Anges annonçant aux bergers la naissance du Christ by Govert Flinck (1639)

So… here we are again.  Another Christmas is upon us.  What a year!  My dad passed away in April and that is always a big step in anyone’s life.  It was my dad who introduced me to men’s cologne.  He wore Eau Sauvage.  I wore Pour Monsieur by Chanel.  I still remember his custom-made suits and silk ties.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen ties like those ties!  Oh… did I say he had taste?  He did.

I had the great pleasure this morning of looking for an image for this post.  I saw so many beautiful and glorious nativity scenes… I couldn’t choose!  And then, I thought back to my childhood Christmases… and I thought of that wonderful passage from St. Luc concerning the shepherds.  Can you imagine those poor shepherds sleeping in the dark of night and suddenly an angel appears and announces the birth of a saviour lying in a manger… and then the heavens open up!  Don’t you wish you were there?  I can look at that painting for hours.  I love the shepherds… some awake, some still sleeping… one is already praying for help.  All the possible human emotions of such an announcement are there.  And the guard dog is totally alert and watching the spectacle while most of the animals don’t seem to be aware of anything other than the fact that the shepherds are agitated.  What an omen of things to come.

Here is the passage from St. Luc.

And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night and lo’, the angel of the Lord came upon them.  And the glory of the Lord shone around about them and they were so afraid.  And the angel said unto them “Fear not! For behold I bring you tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you.  Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill toward men.

Enjoy your families and friends this year.

Joyeux Noël à tous!

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  1. Merry Christmas, Normand. Health, peace, love, and happiness.

  2. Joyeux Noël Normand!

  3. While I definitely wouldn’t want to be there ;), the painting is beautiful – and so are your memories of your father, so thank you for sharing both.
    Merry Christmas, Normand.

  4. Andrea

     /  December 24, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear that you had such a sad year. I hope the holidays bring you time with your loved ones. All my best wishes for the coming year.

  5. Julie Desnoyers

     /  December 24, 2017

    Joyeux Noël Normand!

  6. FiveoaksBouquet

     /  December 24, 2017

    Merry Christmas, dear Normand! May the joy of the season be upon you. Many a beautiful story is told on Christmas eve, like the one about the shepherds and the one about your dad.

    • Thanks! Merry Christmas to you, too! I have some rose oil I want you to try out. I’ll give you a call tomorrow.

    • Hello again! I had never heard that piece of music before…. so beautiful! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I hadn’t realized that one of my favourite passages of the Bible was put to music… from Handel’s Messiah! I think I’ve only ever heard the Hallelujah Chorus.

  7. Mon oncle Roger qui a survécu à une double pneumonie en février dernier a toujours porté Eau Sauvage. Dans mon enfance il était le seul homme que je connaissais qui se parfumait. Je crois que ça lui venait de sa 2ème femme qui était européenne, Belge il me semble.

    • Eau Sauvage a été une révolutionion dans les fragrances pour homme. Depuis, tous a changé! J’ai un flacon des années 70, c’était merveilleux.


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