France officially the French Republic is country located mostly in Western Europe, with several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Capital and largest city of this country is Paris.
Christmas Celebrations in France :
The creche is often peopled with little clay figures called santons or “little saints.” An extensive tradition has evolved around these little figures which are made by craftsmen in the south of France throughout the year. In addition to the usual Holy Family, shepherds, and Magi, the craftsmen also produce figures in the form of local dignitaries and characters. The craftsmanship involved in creating the brightly colored santons is quite astounding and the molds have been passed from generation to generation for several centuries. Throughout December the figures are sold at annual Christmas fairs in Marseille and Aix.
The Christmas tree has never been particularly popular in France, and though the use of the Yule log has faded. The cake, among other food in great abundance is served at reveillon, the grand feast of the season. Le reveillon is a very late supper held after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. The menu for the meal varies according to regional culinary tradition. In Alsace, goose is the main course, in Burgundy it’s turkey with chestnuts, and the Parisians feast upon oysters, lobster, and pate de foie gras. It is traditional in Provence to cap the reveillon with thirteen desserts as seen here on the sideboard. This is an ancient custom, symbolizing Christ and the twelve apostles. The main Christmas meal, called Réveillon, is eaten on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning after people have returned from the midnight Church Service. Dishes might include roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison and cheeses.
In France, nearly every home at Christmastime displays a Nativity scene or creche, which serves as the focus for the Christmas celebration and is often used to help decorate the house.
Santa Claus or St. Nicholas is known as Père Noël in France he is accompanied by Le Pere Fouettard.
In French Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Joyeux Noël’.
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