On Christmas Eve the children leave their shoes by the chimneys and then the parents fill them gifts from Santa Claus, as it is known beyond the white-bearded man. In addition,on Christmas morning the children found hanging from tree gifts, sweets and fruits. Are also representations of Christ's birth on the outside of the cathedrals, whether actors or puppets.
In theregions of Alsace and Lorraine, Germanic influence, Christmas begins on December 6 with the arrival of St. Nicholas, who brings presents to children, but the Christmas spirit is breathed from the November25, the day of Sainte Catherine . Also in this area of the country is widespread and the Advent Calendar every day that passes is to open one of its windows.
Although it is more common than thehouses adorned with the typical Christmas tree in the south of France is very well established "Crêche" very similar to Spanish crib. In Provence are very common clay figurines to decorate the crib andare known by the name of "santons", which in Provencal means holy. This year there will be surprise, as the veteran Maison Fouque-opened in 1934 - has renewed versions of two figures: the cook and thepastor.
Until 20 December, Moirans-en-Montagne, the French capital the toy, in the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Jura, the forest becomes Finnish Santa Claus, with market-from 13th to December15th, animations and stories included. The elves have their own parade, day 14, to mark the winter solstice. And without departing from the Franche-Comté, Montbéliard, children can learn to make candy andChristmas wreaths rodedaos clowns, fakirs, jugglers, acrobats, Santa Claus and "Tante Airi" the good fairy. The market, as guest of honor is the German region of Thuringia, with toys, decorations,mulled wine and sausages.
The Buche de Noel, or Yule log, is a traditional dessert on Christmas Eve in France. This delicious cake sweetens one of the biggest nights of the year when the family...