French Christmas Traditions
A guide to 25 French Christmas traditions. Advent. The four weeks before Christmas are dedicated to preparations for Christmas. Christmas Eve. The evening of December 24th is when French families sit down together to celebrate Christmas and enjoy festive French foods and wines. Le RÃ©veillon. Midnight Mass. Traditional.
Top 10: French Christmas traditions. Every country does Christmas slightly differently, and the French – who, to their credit, rarely do things like the rest of the
Dishes might include roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison and cheeses. For dessert, a chocolate sponge cake log called a bÃ»che de NoÃ«l is normally eaten. Another celebration, in some parts of France, is that 13 different desserts are eaten!
It is the tradition in France to display the Nativity scene until the 2 February – a date known as la Chandeleur. This date is forty days after Christmas Day. La veille de NoÃ«l is Christmas Eve. Le rÃ©veillon de NoÃ«l is Christmas Eve dinner and celebrations.
Christmas in France is a family holiday. The celebrations begin on December 5, which is St. Nicholas Eve. It is a day for gift-giving between friends and relatives.