When you come into Saint-Aignan from the north this time of year and cross the bridge, the most brightly colored thing you see is Father Christmas. Okay, it's a plywood cutout, but it is boldly painted.
Santa Claus, or more correctly Le Père Noël, has an interesting face and a toothy smile.
If you look up above Père Noël's head and over the rooftops of the houses behind him, you see the back side of the Château de Saint-Aignan.
And if you look left, up the main street leading into town, you see the tall tower of the church high above the rooftops.
The weather is literally freezing, but there's no more talk of snow. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas anyway.
P.S. The weather forecast has now changed. They are predicting snow here and all around on Thursday and Friday. Maybe we will have a white Christmas this year.