Gourmet Fare

Advent is Upon Us

Followed by a Gourmet Gazette Slide Show

The great French pastry chef Pierre Hermé is offering a dreamy Advent calendar filled with 25 delicious surprises encased in a jewel-box like setting designed by Safia Ouares. Photo courtesy La Maison Pierre Hermé Paris. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — Advent is regarded as the first season or the beginning of the liturgical year in the Western Christian church calendar starting on the Sunday closest to November 30th and ending on Christmas, a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ on Christmas. Advent wreaths adorn homes and churches with their four candles — three purple and one pink — symbolizing hope, love, joy (represented by the pink candle and traditionally lit on the third Sunday of Advent) and peace. Advent calendars are traditionally used to count the days of Advent leading up to Christmas and its joys. Although today a host of goodies has entered into the spiritual scene including objects to delight young and old alike.Not surprisingly in France many of these surprise-filled Advent calendars revolve around food. The Gourmet Gazette brings you a small repertoire of these holiday staples and some of the houses ship not only in France but to the wilder shores beyond.
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A Gourmet Gazette Slide Show of French Advent Calendars

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