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No. 83: Tacky Christmas Trees

What I love about these really tacky Christmas trees in France is that the fact that they exist proves that the French do NOT have impeccable taste, and are, after all, human like the rest of us.

These foam sprayed trees don’t just come in white (to mimic snow), but in every color imaginable, and they seem to be selling like hotcakes.

Tacky Christmas Tree

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  1. Great observations. I have seen these coloured trees everywhere and I also find them quite ugly. I have even seen this treatment given to a real tree…why anyone would consider covering the beautiful green of the Christmas Tree is beyond me…(Suzanne)

    December 17, 2013
    • Je suis d’accord. They are definitely a quirky aberration of the good taste I’ve come to expect in France…an unexpected crack in the French façade of perfection.

      December 18, 2013
      • Or maybe they have a different sense of taste than we do as North American. We have a saying in French that goes “tous les goûts sont dans la nature” which roughly means that everyone has a different way of looking at things…

        December 18, 2013
      • To each their own, non?

        December 18, 2013
      • Yes, that could do it…not always easy to translate expressions or sayings from one language to another.

        December 18, 2013
  2. Yes! They’re all over the place! And yes, I couldn’t agree more with your relief at realizing that the French aren’t all just about fabulous and fancy…it’s funny how the reputation from elsewhere changes once you’re in it, huh? I did consider a hot pink sprayed mini sapin for a good five minutes though, just because it would have made my husband and two boys make a really funny face. Gotta embrace the kitch! Really enjoy your blog!

    December 17, 2013
    • You hit the nail on the head about how good it is to realize every now and again that the French (especially the Parisians) aren’t as discerning and refined as we have come to expect. Even after two-plus years here, I still find my American self trying to “keep up with the Jones'”…so I love coming across these curious deviations. Thanks so much for the comment and for reading.

      December 18, 2013

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