I stayed in Washington DC this year for Christmas and celebrated with a friend. Here are a few pictures from the holidays:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Santa came with a lot of very good French cheese and camembert en croute, European holiday cookies and chocolates, Champagne rose from Napa Valley, Ice cider from Quebec, flowers, and a few office gifts (mostly chocolate and cookies).

I also received a few international items: a Merry Christmas picture from my parents in New Caledonia, and a few weeks ago a wishing well card from a friend in Turkey.

On Christmas day, a good samaritan neighbor even found my phone, that I probably lost in the yard when walking my dog. He recognized my name and brought it back to me. That was a very pleasant surprise.