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MOODBOARD: A Parisian Christmas

December 13, 2017 in Moodboard

Ever since I wrote my short story, “Tourist”, I have had an obsession with Paris. The city symbolizes romance in a way that is the worst kinds of cliche, but that’s what I love about it. The hype is overdone. I have no desire to actually visit the city. Yet, I was once a little girl with big dreams, and I still like to keep in touch with her.

When I think of Paris I think of clear skies, of bright flowers and tiny sidewalks and pastel treats. I don’t care if it’s not real. I don’t care if a bunch of homeless people hang out beneath the Eiffel Tower (as a coworker who has been once told me, a tidbit that I couldn’t help but put into my favourite line of “Tourist”. I still love my Paris calendars with their over-filtered images. I still love my Eiffel Tower snowglobe. I still love my “Take me to Paris” mug. (Don’t actually take me, though. It’ll ruin the magic.)

Now that it’s Christmas again and the decorations are out in full-force in every store, I always find myself gravitating to the romantic pink colour schemes. While my own personal Christmas decor is more of a mid-century traditional style, I do love making pink-infused Christmas displays at work. Pink and white and gold are my go-to for romantically feminine displays. The colours make me think of fresh snowfall over a city. I think of the golden light of streetlights above casting an aura over the white snow-covered streets. Normally I hate winter, but in this context, when the sidewalks are freshly blanketed and the skies are hazed with clouds, all I want to do is don my pink wool coat and buy macarons from the grocery store.

Except I won’t, because they’re like $1.25 a piece and I ain’t paying that much for a treat that likely won’t taste as amazing as it looks.

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Rebecca is a neo-noir author from Kamloops, British Columbia. Her first collection of gritty short fiction, Vile Men was published by Dark House Press in 2015. She also writes about her writer lifestyle on her blog at

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