Tatiana Geiselmann (correspondent in Strasbourg) / Photo credit: FIORA GARENZI / HANS LUCAS / HANS LUCAS VIA AFP 19:16 p.m., November 25, 2023

With exactly one month to go until Christmas and when the streets are already decked out in fairy lights and the shop windows are shining, some people are eager to get into the holiday spirit by buying their tree. Europe 1 met them at the Christmas market in Strasbourg.

Accompanied by his two children, Michel comes every year as soon as the Strasbourg Christmas market opens to buy his tree. This father of a family is one of those French people who want to get into the Christmas spirit as quickly as possible, by decorating their tree a month before D-Day. "It's also to have the right tree. If we come later, we won't necessarily have the size we want or the width we need. And then we need a tree that can last beyond Christmas," he told Europe 1 radio.

"It smells good"

Michel then details his choice. "It's 2.30m high and then we'll see how wide it is, it's a surprise," he said. So eager to leave with his tree, Michel chose one already packed. A big mistake, according to Géraldine, another customer who came to scout. "Oh no! I'm picky about fir trees. They have to unpack at least five or six before I find the right one, that's for sure!" she smiles.


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And to describe what, according to her, is the canon of beauty of a fir tree. "I like the Obelisk because the branch has a lot more staying power. It's much more beautiful and the color of an Obelisk is not the same as on a Nordmann. It has a good smell, the smell of the forest," she said. For his part, Michel may be able to make up for his poor choice on the decoration of the tree. His children have already decided: it will be a Disney atmosphere.