but to start off, yesterday was chandeleur! i celebrated chandeleur with my host family in paris, but only could recall that we made crêpes and there was something to do with candles because i remember my host mother jumped up screaming from the table in the middle of the dinner party because the garland around the mirror was on fire. unfortunately she jumped up screaming from the table occasionally because of hot flashes, so it took the rest of us a minute to figure out what was going on.
chandeleur in english is candlemas, which in america we somehow turned into groundhog's day, which is a holiday my students found to be weird yet adorable. chandeleur is a catholic holiday for the day when christ was presented at the temple. it's the official last day of the christmas season and you wait until this day to take down your creche. traditionally you light all the candles in your house and make crêpes. while making them you hold a coin in your left hand and flip the crêpe in the air with your right hand and this is supposed to bring you good luck and prosperity. there was also something about keeping the first crêpe you make in the closet, but we skipped that part.
here's my "kitchen", where all of this is going down.
|conveniently located 6 inches from my bed|
|i successfully flipped a crêpe|
|maddie successfully flipped a crêpe|
|chris tried to show off|
|and dropped it on the ground.|
i think that means he's going to go broke this year.