|Good morning, good afternoon, good evening (depending on what side of the globe you are)...|
|and Merry Christmas!!!(can you believe Christmas is almost here!)|
Here in France, we will remember the 2014 fall as one of the warmest, wettest fall ever (Meteo-France records it so far as the second warmest since 1900, after the one of 2006).
November month is now reaching its end and the usual celebrations of the new wine are making way to the hibernal traditional affairs: the "Marché de Noël" - the most famous and the oldest in France is the Strasbourg Christmas Market in Alsace -, the winter truffle markets - a traditional Périgord region occurrence usually held in different towns during one day each week starting in December and ending in early March - and, not less famed in the southwest of France the "Marché au gras".
With their weird name, "gras" in French means fat, the "Markets of …Fat" are taking place during the winter months and especially before Christmas and bring together sellers and buyers of whole ducks and geese and/or of their famous enlarged livers known as "foie gras". "Marché au gras" are a well-known tradition in the department of Gers in the southwest of France, a territory that lies in the heart of a wider region known historically as Gasconny.
... and some of December month's events (the list does not include the year round activities)