Dear The American,
« Build the fire and gather 'round the tree
Fill the glass and maybe come and sing with me »
I usually go to the classics for my Christmas inspiration. A little Andy Williams, maybe some Johnny Mathis… But this year feels different, very different. We’re all a little tired of the circumstances, worn out by just about everything. This year called for something new, something fresh.
Just beyond that waning enthusiasm lies the same delightful and joyous feeling in the air that comes every Christmas season. For me, it comes with decorations on the Place Vendôme and in song. It’s not Christmas until I crank up the music and sing Christmas carols. And this year the song I choose to cite covers everything that is the holidays.
So yes, build your fire, real or metaphoric and fill your glass with cheer. Ed Sheeran and Elton John got it right this year. They go on to say there’s been pain but it’s time to let it go.
My favorite line is “gather ‘round the tree” with the real emphasis on gathering, tree or not. Gather safely, of course, but gather. Gather together with your family, with your friends, with your community. Celebrate one and all.
We, at the American Club, take great pride in our community of friends who have become family. We are here for each other; whether it is to hear guest speakers or visit an exhibit or simply share a glass of champagne.
Despite the challenging times, Paris remains Paris this holiday season and we are all lucky to be living in such a festive city. I hope this holiday season you take in all that is good in Paris, in the Club, in each other.
It warms my heart to, once again, extend my personal wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to each of you. The American Club has had an astounding year full of diverse events and as we enthusiastically look to 2022, you can count on the same level of commitment to excellence from myself and the entire Executive Committee.
May you all rejoice with your family and friends in this season of joy.