Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Day Eleven- Christmas in France

I have found it amazing over the last eleven days how many different ways there are to celebrate Christmas! Even in areas that are near by, there are still SO MANY different traditions.

In France, Nativity cribs are a main part of Christmas celebrations. They are made with clay figures. But these are no ordinary Nativity scenes- no, they have some pretty unusual characters in them! Characters like butchers, bakers, policemen, and priests.

nativity crib

Yule logs are logs made of Cherry wood that are carried in on Christmas Eve and sprinkled with red wine (so that they smell good). Candles and Yule logs are left burning all night with food and drink for Mary and the Baby Jesus, just in case they stop by. ;)

But don't forget that Père Noël (Father Christmas) who comes to leave goodies in shoes left by the fireplace. When you wake up in the morning, you will see that there are fruits, nuts, and small toys left hanging on the tree as well.

pere noel
The main meal, called Réveillon, happen either late Christmas Eve or early Christmas morning, whichever side of the Midnight service the family decides to eat on. They eat on turkey, goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison, cheese, and chestnuts. For dessert, there is chocolate sponge cake log called "Bûche de Noël". In some places is to eat 13 desserts (fruit, nut, pastries).

yule log cake

Epiphany (called Fête de Rois) is celebrated on January 6. A flat almond cake (called Galette des Rois) with a toy crown inside and a paper crown on top is eaten. Children go out an hunt for the magi, bringing hay to their camels.

"Joyeux Noël" (Merry Christmas in French) from France, where Christmas is celebrated by spending a lot of time with family!

1 comment:

  1. The rest of my Christmas around the world study can be found here: