FRANCE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION 2017

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,
On CHRISTMAS Eve, children leave their shoes by the fireplace to be filled with gifts from Pere Noel. In the morning they also find that sweets, fruit, nuts and small toys have been hung on the tree. In Southern FRANCE, a log is burned in people’s homes from CHRISTMAS Eve until New Years Day. A long time ago, part of the log was used to make the wedge for the plough as good luck for the coming harvest.

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.
In Southern FRANCE, a log is burned in people’s homes from CHRISTMAS Eve until New Years Day. A long time ago, part of the log was used to make the wedge for the plough as good luck for the coming harvest.

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.
Another name for this day is Twelfth Day. It is the last of the Twelve Days of CHRISTMAS, which used to be one long holiday. It was the last night of the Feast of Fools before the Lord of Misrule had to give up his crown and become themselves once again.

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.
Once dinner is over and the family have retired to bed, they leave a fire burning and food and drink on the table in case the Virgin Mary calls in.

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………………..

 

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