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Joyeux Noël – Christmas in France

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Have you ever wondered how France celebrates Christmas??  In France, Santa Claus or Father Christmas is called Pere Noel (literally translated, Father Christmas).   On Christmas Day, the French traditionally eat: reveillon, roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison, cheese, and chocolate sponge cake log – like an American yule log. In some regions of France, locals start celebrating Christmas on December 6. When it is December 6 in some parts of France and it is night time, some kids start to write their requests to Pere Noel as to what they want for Christmas. When they are finished writing their letters, they place letters on the tree and wait for St. Nicholas to  come the next day.   Like many Americans, the French also decorate their houses with beautiful lights, and they have Holiday fairs that sell Nativity figures. Some Nativity figures they were selling are a butcher, a baker, a policeman, and a priest. The last aspect of celebrating Christmas in France is that when its night, the French go outside to see all of the fireworks and then when everything is finished they go to their houses and go to sleep.

One day I will travel to France to see the Christmas festivities.  Joyeux Noël to all of you!

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