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.
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.