Especially when you consider that once upon a time in France children observed the approaching holiday by putting their sabots (or wooden clogs) on the hearth for Père Noël to fill with gifts as he made his rounds on Christmas Eve. Père Noël, as you might guess, has his equivalent in the British Isles as Father Christmas and is well known in the U. S. as Santa Claus. We've made some other changes in the holiday, too. With typical American gusto we have replaced those humble wooden shoes with more voluminous stockings on the mantle and giant wrapped boxes under the tree. No way are you going to fit an Xbox 360 into a pair of Nikes! On the other hand, I don't think I would warm to the French tradition which has adults waiting until New Year's Day to give each other presents. No matter. I intend to celebrate the season with my own particular spin: putting a pair of wooden clogs under the tree...to unwrap and wear!
The sabots pictured in today's post come our way courtesy of eBay seller frenchcollection. Jo is the woman behind all the French collectibles you'll find posted in her online store. She's also a graphic designer, illustrator, and writer. Somehow in the midst of all her creative projects she finds time to visit the brocante sales (similar to a flea market) that crop up from time to time. These sabots were originally on eBay back in October, but when she sent along the photo below of the basket of old clogs with an accompanying story, I knew I needed to stop dawdling and get them online tout de suite!
May I be the first to wish you Joyeux Noël?
"They were standing on a carpet of autumn leaves at the annual brocante sale in Lisieux, Normandy, which takes place every November, filling the streets of the town. Unfortunately, just after taking this photo and stopping for a quick recharge of coffee, the heavens opened. The deluge caused most of the 800+ stallholders to pack up and leave..."