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The events of Friday in Paris really shocked me. I have a good friend who lives in the 10th arrondisment close to where the cafes and concert hall, which came under attack, are located. Her children frequent these establishments but luckily, they weren’t there that evening. Sadly, some of their friends were injured in the attacks. An anti-Moslem backlash is unfortunately inevitable even though the majority of Moslems are just trying to live normal lives like the rest of us.
The media have been talking about little else all weekend but the Santa Claus parade was a happy diversion. Yesterday saw a record high of 14C and was sunny so it felt more like spring than winter. People came out with their children and lined the route. There weren’t the usual wooly hats and and scarves but many of the children as well as some adults were wearing Santa and elf hats and reindeer antlers made of felt. The marching bands played, the clowns entertained and Santa must have been sweltering in his warm clothing. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such nice weather for the Santa Claus parade. It feels weird to see Christmas lights up and the shop windows already displaying Christmas decorations. A big change from Rome where the start of the Christmas season is on December 8th and it’s not Santa but the Pope who parades through the city. Unfortunately, Fidz’s condition is not stable so I don’t think we’ll be able to return to Rome to experience the event this year.