What's all this business about French Christmas?

  • My name—Noël—has been mispronounced, mislabeled, and mistaken since my parents bestowed it upon me one snowy March afternoon. It wasn't until a friend nicknamed me "French Christmas" that it came into focus. How much would our lives change if we could just see things differently?

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January 14, 2011



Great post, Noel. Amen all the way.



Jennifer Fields

Great post. How much do I hate them for looking the way they do? As much as I hate myself for wanting to look like them.


Fab post. I think we as women will have to unite and start saying no in many ways....i.e. stop buying the magazines that dictate this one dimensional view of women.....boycott the media/advertisers/reality TV that perpetrates this view. There is power in numbers!

Creatively Sensitive

Watching tv without commercials helps, and not subscribing to beauty mags.

So did this (In a very big way): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U&feature=related

btw. schadenfreude is one of my fave words. Glad to be part of your community :) You're beautiful and talented!!


@Katie, @Paula, @Jennifer, @Dragonfly -- let's start the revolution!

@Creatively Sensitive, thanks for sharing that awesome video You know photoshop can do a lot, but still.


This is so damn good.

I want us all to talk about something other than calories and fat and little black dresses and thighmasters.
I don't talk about these things. And not because they don't need to be talked about in some quarters, but just because I think there is plenty of that elsewhere on the internet and I don't need to contribute to it. Also, I don't have anything new to say. Does anyone? It's mind-numbing. People's relationships with their bodies--their containers--are so personal and one-on-one that the minute someone else tries to get in there with analysis, no matter how helpful they're trying to be, it's like having a mother-in-law in your bed.

(You know.)

I found very few guy writers during Reverb10 who weren't full of bluster and who were comfortable writing about the subtleties of human interaction and the way they interpret themselves. For me, it was a girl fest, a really good one.


@Kim -- I love the way you talk about our bodies as containers! That's so right on. And the conversation DOES get mind-numbing ... another reason why #reverb10 was so refreshing. (We didn't talk about beauty and bodies at all, unless we were celebrating them!!)


Spot-on, lady. No sparkling Hollywood dress will feed my soul like words or community or sisterhood do. Thank you for this beautiful post.


@Roxanne -- I love the way you put that! :)


This makes me think of that great article you wrote for skirt a few years back which ended with you proudly flaunting your buff, but non traditional, arms!

When I am having a bad a mirror moment, I like to think of that and take heart :)

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