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Christmas Traditions in France
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Learn about the Christmas traditions in France. Different countries celebrate in their own way including different dates, food, drinks which lead to a variety of diverse Christmas traditions around the World! This article features popular French Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in France. We have even included some useful facts and information about the country, the flag and even the language!

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Christmas Traditions in France
A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in France:

  • Christmas is called Noel in France from the French phrase les bonnes nouvelles," meaning "the good news" in reference to the gospel

  • Christmas comes early for some when Santa Claus, Le Père Noël, brings small gifts and sweets for children on December 6th which is the feast day of Saint Nicholas

  • Saint Nicholas is accompanied by Le Père Fouettard (Father Spanker) whose role it is to decide whether children have been good or bad - the bad children are supposed to be spanked!

  • The Yule Log is burnt as a tradition in many French homes

  • A Nativity scene or creche is displayed with little clay figures called santons or "little saints."

  • New Year's Eve, la Saint-Sylvestre is more of an adult celebration when the French sometimes give gifts.

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Christmas Traditions in France - The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in France:

  • In France on Xmas Eve a feast called le réveillon is enjoyed by many. The food consists of oysters (les huîtres), snails (les escargots) with smoked salmon, saumon fumé or le caviar as a starter, followed by goose, l'oie, or some other roast dinners for the main course
  • A traditional Yule log cake called the 'buche de Nol' is a traditional festive dessert
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French Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in France? If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. A practical addition to learning about Christmas traditions in France:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in French? "Joyeux Noel!"
  • What is the name for Santa Claus? Pere Noel

Facts and Information about France
Learn a little about the country of France, as well as its Christmas traditions! The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about France:

  • Location: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain

  • French Land Size : land: 545,630 sq km

  • French Climate / Weather : generally cool winters and mild summers, but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean; occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-north westerly wind known as the mistral

  • French Capital City: Paris

  • French Currency : euro (EUR)

Facts and Information about the French Flag
Facts and info about the flag of France:

  • The flag of France is described as: Three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), white, and red known as the French Tricouleur (Tricolor)

  • The history of the French flag: The French Revolution inaugurated the tricolor flag

Christmas Traditions in France
This article provides an overview of the country and the different Christmas traditions in France. Lots of free, facts and information for kids, children and teachers! Popular French Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in France.


 

Christmas Traditions in France

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