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Festivals and Celebrations: Christmas in France

Year 8 Language

Resources in Oliver

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..

Culture Trip

Snowfall, fairy lights, and presents are great, but Christmas in France is really about indulging the national passion for food

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From Paris to Burgundy, Christmas is the stuff of dreams — where rich sounds of medieval carols abound, simple rituals are shared by families and friends, and windows are illuminated by lights.

Many Christmas traditions have been secularized: Santa Claus, Christmas trees, presents… Yet for more than a thousand years, the 25th of December has been first and foremost about Christian tradition.

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Why Christmas?

   

In France, a Nativity crib is often used to help decorate the house. French cribs have clay figures in them. During December some towns and cities, such as Marseilles, have fairs that sell Nativity figures. 

French Moments

The French traditions of Christmas are an integral part of celebrating the birth of Jesus in France. It consists of many favourite customs such as the Christmas tree, the chocolate bûche, the Père Noël and the great Christmas Eve dinner. 

French Today

Christmas in France is a very important holiday, and is usually celebrated whether you are Christian or not. First, I’ll give you an extensive list of French Xmas vocabulary, including Xmas decorations, religious and traditional Christmas vocabulary…