Ten dos and don'ts for partying with the French this Christmas
With a few weeks full of festive lunches, dinners and parties ahead, The Local has put together a list of tips to ensure you have a jolly old time with your French in-laws or friends without making a fool of yourself. Whether it's what to bring or indeed what not to bring, or how to act around your French hosts or respecting centuries-old superstitions about polka dot dresses, these tips should keep you in line, for the most part. The Local bears no legal responsibility if you do make a massive festive faux pas. But we'd love to hear about it.
Don’t pucker up: Unfortunately, lurking around the mistletoe in the hope of getting a kiss from your crush isn’t going to work in France. The French put the plant up too but to bring good luck and not as an invitation for a snog. Oh and the old line "fancy a Christmas kiss" probably won't work either here. Mainly because they are unlikely to be drunk enough to fall for that old one. You're more likely to get lucky by either talking politics, or using your "cute accent" (their words not ours) to your advantage.