A French Christmas

France has always had a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading about some of their traditional Christmas celebrations. This post was first published on Writing Prompts, Thoughts, and Ideas.

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By Karen Jurgensfrance+flag

Joyeux Noël! Having always been a French teacher, I can’t help but mix in a little of France with my Christmas traditions. I enjoyed creating aspects of Christmas in France every year for my students, from the traditional carols we sang to the midnight Christmas feast and even the stocking and candy game we played as a gift exchange.

Although France is historically Catholic, its religious and secular celebrations are a delightful addition to swirl in with our own. Let me share some of them with you.

Their celebration of our Santa Claus is quite different, and one interesting French story brings him to life. It tells about three children who were kidnapped by an evil butcher in the forest and held captive. Just as they were about to be killed, Père Noël came to their rescue, delivering them from their fate and returning them safely home. This…

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