FRANCE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION:
As CHRISTMAS day is celebrated all over the world… so in FRANCE it is also celebrated as Noel. This comes from the French phrase les bonnes nouvelles,” which means “the good news”.
In southern FRANCE,
Nearly every French home at CHRISTMAStime displays a Nativity scene or creche, which serves as the focus for the CHRISTMAS celebration. The creche is often peopled with little clay figures called santons or “little saints.” In addition to the usual Holy Family, shepherds, and Magi, the craftsmen also produce figures in the form of local dignitaries and characters.
The CHRISTMAS tree has never been particularly popular in FRANCE, and though the use of the Yule log has faded, the French make a traditional Yule log-shaped cake called the buche de Nol, which means “CHRISTMAS Log.” The menu for the meal varies according to regional culinary tradition. In Alsace, goose is the main course, in Burgundy it is turkey with chestnuts, and the Parisians feast upon oysters and pat de foie gras. Le Revellion may consist of poultry, ham, salads, cake, fruit and wine.
French families used to have a Three Kings Cake with a bean hidden in it. Whoever found the bean in their slice was made King, or Queen, for the day. In FRANCE the children go out to look for the Kings, taking gifts of hay for the camels.
In FRANCE it is a time for the whole family to come together at CHRISTMAS time to holiday and worship. On the eve of CHRISTMAS beautifully lit churches and cathedrals, ring out CHRISTMAS carols with the church bells.
French children set out their shoes in hopes that le petit jesus will fill them during the night with small gifts.
………………..WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS………………..