It's no surprise that the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day in the United States. The French spread their Christmas shopping out over a period of weeks, but get a head start on holiday decorations. Giant Christmas tree ornaments and glittery stars and twinkling lights adorn Les Passages in Boulogne-Billancourt.
A deer is part of the group of animated forest creatures with moving heads, currently on on exhibit at Les Passages. Despite the display's obvious popularity with children, security guards told parents they couldn't take photos of the exhibit, or of their children admiring the exhibit! Bah, humbug! I took these photos before the guard noticed and told me to stop.
Children try to pet the deer, as he turns his head.
A doe tends to her spotted fawn.
Grey rabbits lean forward and kiss, while in the background, baby bunnies frolic.
A red fox takes care of two young cubs.
A family of rabbits in this woodland scene.
Some children attempted to feed this red squirrel, much to the security guard's annoyance.
A Christmas elf or garden gnome helps look after the forest creatures. Gnomes are popular in France, particularly following the 2001 film Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, better known as Amelie in the US and the UK.