# Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from The Daily Connoisseur

Happy Holidays from The Daily Connoisseur!

We (that is, Gatsby and I) wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2012.

In this new year may you follow your instincts and dreams, turn the mundane into the extraordinary and infuse passion into every aspect of your life.

Thank you for being such an integral part of this blog and thank you for making my book Lessons from Madame Chic such a great success in 2011!

I will be taking a mini holiday break from The Daily Connoisseur but will resume posts and videos on Monday, January 2nd.

If you are unable to see the embedded video above where Gatsby and I send you our season's greetings, you can click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

Wishing you all the best,

Jennifer x

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R.S. said...

Very sweet! Gatsby is so cute in his plaid bow. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

TaTs said...

I love that handsome dog!!!

Lacey R said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! Hope you are able to relax during the holidays and take a bit of a break. Really enjoyed your blog this year! All the best to you in the New Year, especially with Baby Connoisseur #2 coming!


ZĂ©naide said...

The facial expressions on Gatsby are priceless! :D

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jennifer. May the holidays be filled with love and laughter and the new year with joy, health and prosperity.

Luli said...

Happy Holidays to you too!!

helen tilston said...

Hello Jennifer

I want to wish you a very Happy Christmas and may 2012 be your best year ever.

I just finished reading Lessons from Madame Chic and I found it beautifully written. It was amusing and your descriptions are marvelous.
I so agree with you on so many points, perhaps we are related!

My best

Helen Tilston


lady jicky said...

From my Pekingese Moi Moi and Coco - Merry Christmas to you both!

Pug1 said...

Gatsby is a dashing fur fellow with his festive bow tie! Have a Merry Christmas! CHEERS! Michele xo

Fiona Ferris said...

Merry Christmas Jennifer, and doesn't Gatsby look dapper in his bow-tie? I love his eyes at the end of the video - looking at your sideways. So cute.

Merveilleux said...

Have a very Merry Christmas! Gatsby looks adorable!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and just ordered your book, but I'm also very curious about the French style of child-rearing. My child is in his first year at a French immersion school, and his teachers are lovely and extremely well-qualified and competent. So far, I'm amazed and impressed, but my online queries of French parenting paints a less than child-friendly approach, at least in comparison to my American sensibilities; they seem more "Tiger mom" than nurturing (though maybe that's a good thing, so the debate goes). Your a mom now. What do you think? Any parenting "comme les francais" planned?

Anonymous said...

Sorry -- that of course should be "You're a mom now." That's what happens when one posts comments at midnight!

Rose said...

happy Christmas! I've been very absent due to a great deal of work with the day job- hopefully more time for me and for being well in 2012- see you on the other side

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hello everyone- thank you for your holiday wishes! I hope you are all having a great break and wish you all happy new year!

Anonymous- Thank you for your question regarding French child rearing. This is a subject I didn't pay too much attention to when I was in Paris as I was a college student when I was there and raising kids was the last thing on my mind :) But having said that I do have several French friends that are parents and do see some differences in their parenting techniques. For example several French parents have told me that once their babies reach 11 lbs that they are ready to sleep through the night. I've had three separate French parents tell me that they trained their babies to sleep at 11 lbs (usually around 3 months). This intrigues me because I struggled with sleep issues with my first child for the first 8 months! Their babies all seem healthy and happy so... who knows? The other difference I see is they tend to feed their toddlers and children the same food that they eat- which I am sure does not make the children prone to pickiness with regards to food later in life. This is all food for thought. Perhaps I will do a post on it after more investigation :) Thanks for your question.

Anonymous said...

That is very interesting. Both my babies were more than 9 lbs at birth (!) and reached 11 lbs by around the first month. They definitely weren't ready to sleep through the night. I would guess weight is but one of the indicators of readiness. What I am dying to know is how Madame Chic made her 3-5 course meals in an out-of-the-way kitchen when her kids were small--amidst the antiques and with limited TV! If you can get find out what her secret was, you will be my hero! :)

The Darling Daily said...

I love your blog and have added it to my daily reads list on my blog. http://www.shoppegirls.blogspot.com/
I look forward to purchasing and reading your book. I will also start adding book reviews on my blog in 2012.
I look forward to reading your blog and book soon.
Thank you for your inspiration.
I am also hoping to take my daughters to Paris sometime in the next few years. V x

Patt said...

I've just finished your book, having asked for it as a Christmas gift. I couldn't put it down - felt like I was in France again myself. As a teacher of French, I really appreciate the cultural insight you have helped others appreciate. Now to the closet to pare down and organize!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Thank you Shoppe Girls!

And Patt I am so glad you enjoyed the book!

Anon- I just came across this upcoming book on French parenting that will probably answer all of your questions! I am very excited to read it too :) Here is the link on Amazon: