That's how Jacques used to pronouce St. Nicholas and so we still call it that at times. We've had a tradition here for a few years to combine halloween and St. Nicholas since most everyone is home for the parade and such and since All Soul's is so important here and we go to the north for that, halloween gets complicated. Only Etienne and Violaine were missing due to the busy life of a doctor and med student. The parades and celebrations are mostly only done in Lorraine, so cousins and and uncles and aunts came from all over, Compiegne, Spain and Switzerland to celebrate.
We met for lunch on Saturday at one of our favourite restaurants in Luxembourg, then we all came here and left for the parade in Yutz. Anne-Charlotte and I waited for the oven to finish and met them there and missed everything but the St. Nicholas float. The kids had soooo much fun and everyone had pockets busting with candy!! The Yutz parade is sooo great, the marching bands were great fun and St. Nick has such a fab costume and even the dudes walking along side of the float had amazing costumes right down to matching socks. Oh, and guess who forgot her camera!!! That's ok, Julien was taking some with MILs. At the end St. Nick leads everyone to fireworks, but Matthieu and I headed home to get ready for dinner. A truly French dinner, including Quiche Lorraine in honour of old St. Nick, patron saint of Lorraine. Then a veal stew and then cheeses, both totally french... and gingerbread for dessert, again for St. Nicholas, I even put a Lorraine cross on it. It was a big joke that I made a French meal for Henar, who had come here for the first time. A French/Lorraine meal cooked by a Canadian for a Spanish girl :)
The kids came here to get dressed. Let's see, I'll list everyone and put all the photos at the end. All the kids costumes were made by me except Baptiste, Lucille and Bertille, though not all this year!!
Jacques-Darth Vader (he didn't keep his mask on long, but I will get a good photo of him later)
Anthony-Batman (photo taken Thursday)
Emilienne-Fairy Princess (see her scar?)
Pierre-Jack-o-lantern (he's missing his fun hat)
Philippe-Eeyore (photo taken Thursday)