that was a year to remember

by Sharon Santoni

Oh my goodness, what a year that was! I’m not going to list all the ways that this year was challenging, because I think we all know that… Instead, I want to take a moment to count our blessings as we come to the close of 2020.

And before I list all the things I am grateful for, I first want to say a huge thank you to you for reading me. I have been less present here on the blog this year, but not because I was losing interest or not wanting to communicate! 2020 has been a very big year here at MFCH, and I admit that it took up a lot more of my time than I had expected. From our subscription boxes, to the launch of our boutique to the magazine and all the social media, there have been a lot of plates to spin simultaneously!

I sincerely hope that next year we’ll have mastered art of spinning those plates, and that I will be back to publishing here at least once a week – thank you for your patience.

So, at the close of this busy, crazy, challenging, upside-down year, I want to say a huge merci to our readers, our followers and our clients. It has been a joy and privilege to exchange and share with you, and I am more than ever aware that without your fantastic enthusiasm and support, this would all be pointless.

On a wider scale, I’m grateful to the creatives in this world who have fed our imagination and our souls during lockdown, to the medical corp who work so hard to keep us safe and to the scientists who have miraculously created a vaccine that will help us return to a more normal way of living, travelling and interacting with each other.

A big thank you to my team, too. It is a privilege for me to work alongside such dynamic, professional and fun young women. With the growth of the magazine, the box and now the boutique, our team has evolved over the year, and the chemistry between us fills me with joy. We have had so much fun this year, with some big challenges met, and we are all looking forward to bringing you some spectacular boxes and beautiful magazines in 2021.

A special thought for each of you who should have joined me on a tour this year. We had five fantastic tours lined up for the Spring and Fall, and, of course, thanks to you-know-what, they all had to be postponed. I promise we were as gutted as you were, and we are working hard on finding safe solutions for welcoming you as soon as possible and will be keeping in touch to let you know as soon as anything concrete is decided.

It only remains for me to wish you happy Holidays, whether you are with extended family, or just your special one, or even alone. This is the year to celebrate in a different manner, and look forward to better days coming very soon for us all.

Take care




norma judith ashland December 24, 2020 - 5:18 pm

lovely thoughts !

norma judith ashland December 24, 2020 - 5:27 pm

Your love for the French passion is displayed in all your work. Although I am only 1/2 French, my love and admiration has always been 100 ““““““%

Lorrie December 24, 2020 - 5:32 pm

Joyeux Noel and Merry Christmas, Sharon! May the coming year be filled with joy!

Susan Scott December 24, 2020 - 5:38 pm

Wishing you continued success but more importantly peace and joy during this Christmas season .

Kathy Bottrell December 24, 2020 - 5:38 pm

French country is not my personal style, but I absolutely love all that you do. Every time I read your blog, I feel like I have had a little getaway to France. Thank you so much for that.

Barbara Newell December 24, 2020 - 5:58 pm

Sharon, I love all that you do. My husband and I lived in St. Germain en Laye back in the 90’s and try to return every other year. We love France and always weill. Your publications bring me back to the brocantes and weekly markets with fond memories.
Hope we can visit again soon, Happy Holidays for you and yours.

Janis December 24, 2020 - 6:19 pm

Thank you Sharon, warmest wishes to you and yours…xo

Dianne Adams December 24, 2020 - 6:42 pm

A very Merry Christmas to you, yours and the team. You are so often in my thoughts. I sorely missed my France fix this year but did get in an amazing trip to India & Nepal, home just before lockdown! Here’s to a brighter New Year

Rhonda Reeves December 24, 2020 - 7:39 pm

Thank you for the lovely message and wishing you, your family and staff a safe, peaceful Christmas season and the best New Year ever!

Laura Newman December 24, 2020 - 7:49 pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Sharon. Thank you so much for sharing your life and loves. I have a batch of brioche proofing to make bread into French toast for Christmas morning’s brunch. I wish for you many blessings for 2021. xoxo Laura in eastern Ontario Canada.

DD December 24, 2020 - 7:57 pm

Merci for “taking” me to France all year when I could not be there physically myself..
Your blog is the first one I open when I see it sitting in my inbox!
Joyeux Noël ❤️

Barbara December 24, 2020 - 8:05 pm

Hi…..Always look forward to reading your blog. Love the pants your wearing in the photo! Whose are they?
Can’t wait to get back to France when all this madness is over.
Wishes for a Happy Holiday & New Year.

Nettie December 24, 2020 - 8:06 pm

Thank you Sharon! I wish you a Christmas filled with much joy and many blessings as we all struggle to maintain a semblance of Christmas’ past. The feeling of gratefulness for our family and friends remains. Though we can’t celebrate as usual, Christmas and the warm feelings it brings are present in our hearts. Cheers to the coming New Year with hopes that things will be better.

Mary Ann Fitch December 24, 2020 - 8:48 pm

Dear Sharon,
Many years ago my husband and I spent a day with you. We had a delicious lunch and tour of the country side. Each day when I read your blog and read My French Country Home, it is like visiting with an old friend.
Stay well and have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Susan December 24, 2020 - 9:26 pm

Merry Christmas to you and yours from Texas
Reading your blog has helped make 2020 better for me and I thank you. PS-I think you posted just enough!

Robyn Richmond December 24, 2020 - 9:53 pm

Merry Christmas Sharon and greetings from Sydney Australia. I love reading your blog and your style. Thanks Robyn

Kathryn Gauci December 25, 2020 - 12:15 am

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe New Year, Sharon. Your blog and posts always inspire me. Thank you. Keep up the good work.

Ruth December 25, 2020 - 12:37 am

A special Thank You, Merci!!!
You have made 2020 easier to endure with all of your great Blogs, beautiful pictures, your absolutely gorgeous Magazines and your special surprises with each spectacular French Box!!!
I wish you, your family and staff a Wonderful
Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Giftbasketworldwide January 4, 2021 - 7:48 am

Pleasure to go through such wonderful work!!


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