My husband and I spent a (too short) week in Paris in September and are dying to go back as soon as possible (not enough time for all the art, food, shopping, chocolate and wine we wanted to cram in).
Because of our work schedules, December may be the only time we can go. We've heard that Paris at Christmastime is wonderful (skating rinks, store decorations, chocolat chaud, etc.) and are wondering if it's worth braving the cold to experience Paris around Noël. A question for our Parisians (Souphie!) and expats (John Talbott!), or anyone who's visited around the holidays, should we come, or is the weather too oppressive to have a good time? And are shops and restaurants on abbreviated holiday schedules, or is everything typically open? We want to just eat, visit hotels, shop, and fill up on our share of coq au vin, boeuf bourguinonne, and other hearty fall fare, perhaps with less competition from other *touristes Americanes*. Thank you in advance!