White Christmas – a very secret list of magic places

santa-claus-distributing-gifts-with-reindeer-christmas-night-642x600Are you already looking around and trying to find the best Christmas markets to visit?

Here is my latest article for Clew.lu, a very secret list of magical places to visit! Enjoy!!

http://clewmag.net/2015/11/17/white-christmas-a-very-secret-list-of-magic-places/

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Christmas Train and St Nicolas – 2014

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Hi there! The Christmas Train is back to the town!

Having my post from last year as a reference, here is a quick note to let you know about the Train 1900, the magic Christmas train to see Santa at Fond-de-Gras. Well, actually it’s not Santa Claus but St Nicolas and it’s not in December but in November.

So first, let me try to explain the whole story! 🙂

During November, St. Nicolas, aka Klees’chen, comes to the Grand-Duchy to check if the children deserve any presents. Then, the kids wait until December 6th (St Nicholas Day) to find out the veredict. He usually appears at shopping centers, schools… During the visits, he may give sweets and the children take some photos. St Nicholas is usually accompanied by angels or by his Houseker, aka Black Peter (or Père Fouettard). This evil figure was an evil butcher who wanted to boil some young children and turn them into nice sausages (Christmas story?? Doesn’t seem so…). It is believed that St Nicholas has saved the children through some divine intervention and Black Peter was dealt the fate of following St Nicholas from town to town. He carries switches so that he can deal with those children who didn’t behave. On the Eve of St. Nicholas Day, children put plates on the table for St. Nicolas to fill with sweets and treats as well as some toys, of course!

So, there are some similarities to the traditional Santa Claus as we are used to know! With a little switch here and there! 😉

Getting back to the train, the big event happens during the weekend of November 22rd and 23th. This very old and cute steam train starts its journey at the station of Pétange and after a 30-minute ride it arrives at Fond-de-Gras. There, St Nicholas will be waiting for the families to take some photos and offer some sweets to the good boys and girls 😉 There is also a big tent with food and drinks to buy and miniature trains to see. It seems like a great deal of family fun, right? The only detail to remember? To book it as soon as you can because it’s always, but always full. To do so, just send an email to info@fond-de-gras.lu saying the number of adults/children and the preferred schedule. They will reply to you with the payment information.

You can check some pictures here.

Prices:
– Adults €11 / Children 8€ (<5yo, including gift) / Children €15 (5-11yo, including gift)

Timetable:
-Saturday at 13:45 and 15:15 (departure at Pétange)
-Sunday at 10:45, 13:30and 15:30 (departure at Pétange)
Note: You’ll get back to Pétange by train as well.

Rent a Christmas Tree

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Did you know that you can rent a Christmas Tree in Luxembourg? Yes, it’s true! You can actually have all that magical feeling of having a real Christmas tree at home without thinking that after the holidays you’ll have to throw it away.

For years now, we have always decorated a plastic Christmas tree. It’s not the same thing, but at least we were not “killing” a tree… So, when a friend of mine told me about this family business in Steinsel, me and my husband decided we’d totally had to rent a Christmas tree this year.

You just have to show up there, choose one of the beautiful trees and schedule the delivery. They will delivery it to your home and then, between the 6th and the 13th January, they will pick it up. Pretty easy, right? 🙂

Now, the information details:

Bamschoul Becker
Address: 27a, rue Paul Eyschen, L-7317 Steinsel
Tel: 337363
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 12am and 2am to 6am
Website: http://www.beckered.lu/
Prices vary from €35 to €100 (include delivery and pick up)

And just a quick final note: you’ll need to use your french, even if you just know a few words (it’ll be enough!). Here are some usefull sentences, even though they are not in perfect french – I know that, but at least I try! 😉
– Je voudrais un sapin de Noël
– Ce-lá est trés haut/petit
– C’est combient, cette arbre?
– Je suis à la maison la prochaine semaine / demain matin / le vendredi…

Christmas Train and St Nicolas

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Hi there! Just a quick note to let you know about the Train 1900, the magic Christmas train to see Santa at Fond-de-Gras. Well, actually it’s not Santa Claus but St Nicolas and it’s not in December but in November.

So first, let me try to explain the whole story! 🙂 20131031-231338.jpg

During November, St. Nicolas, aka Klees’chen, comes to the Grand-Duchy to check if the children deserve any presents. Then, the kids wait until December 6th (St Nicholas Day) to find out the veredict. He usually appears at shopping centers, schools… During the visits, he may give sweets and the children take some photos. St Nicholas is usually accompanied by angels or by his Houseker, aka Black Peter (or Père Fouettard). This evil figure was an evil butcher who wanted to boil some young children and turn them into nice sausages (Christmas story?? Doesn’t seem so…). It is believed that St Nicholas has saved the children through some divine intervention and Black Peter was dealt the fate of following St Nicholas from town to town. He carries switches so that he can deal with those children who didn’t behave. On the Eve of St. Nicholas Day, children put plates on the table for St. Nicolas to fill with sweets and treats as well as some toys, of course!

So, there are some similarities to the traditional Santa Claus as we are used to know! With a little switch here and there! 😉

Getting back to the train, the big event happens during the weekend of November 23rd and 24th. This very old and cute steam train starts its journey at the station of Pétange and after a 30-minute ride it arrives at Fond-de-Gras. There, St Nicholas will be waiting for the families to take some photos and offer some sweets to the good boys and girls 😉 There is also a big tent with food and drinks to buy and miniature trains to see. It seems like a great deal of family fun, right? The only detail to remember? To book it as soon as you can because it’s always, but always full. To do so, just send an email to info@fond-de-gras.lu saying the number of adults/children and the preferred schedule. They will reply to you with the payment information.

You can check some pictures here.

Prices:
– Adults €10 / Children 7€

Timetable:
-Saturday at 13:45 and 15:15 (departure at Pétange)
-Sunday at 11:00, 13:45 and 15:50 (departure at Pétange)
Note: You’ll get back to Pétange by train as well.