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French Christmas tradition facts

§  Nativity scenes (creche) have little saints (santons)

§   Le Reveillon is a post midnight mass supper feast

§   Regions have different food (Paris oysters/foie gras)

§   13 desserts (for Christ and 12 apostles) are put out

§   Buche de Noel (yule log) is their Christmas cake

§   Fete des Rois is celebrated 12 days after Christmas

§   Christmas markets held most towns esp in Alsace

§   Many plays/puppet shows recreate the nativity

§   Children put their shoes out for Pere Noel to fill

§   Pere Fouettard gives spankings to bad children

§   For French carols (Chants de Noel), click here.

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