They often have different cuts of meat and it can be off putting to find a huge langue de boeuf, or cow tongue, lolling next to a pack of minced beef.
Christmas is a good excuse to party and French people take any opportunity to socialise. I have been surprised by their sense of humour and fun. They have been very friendly and we have been to a lunch party, an evening social do and drinks before Christmas lunch. We were also invited to two family Christmas dinners but decided to stay at home with the dogs and celebrate our first Chrismas in France.
The Christmas tree below was bought at a local supermarked and is the best tree we ever had. Not surprising as we live in the middle of a huge, forested area.