Christmas in France is an elaborated family holiday. The festival is celebrated with all grace and gusto befitting the French people and its culture. People from all over the world travel to France in droves to experience the lovely tidings of the season. The celebration begins on December 5, which is marked as St. Nicholas Eve. The lights that are hung around the country are a wonder to behold along with many different celebrations throughout the season itself. Thus to ensure that you make the most of it, here is a list of 10 reasons to celebrate Christmas in France.
Christmas in France-10 Reasons-
1) Get well versed in French Christmas Tradition:
If you are in France to celebrate your Christmas, then you should be aware of the French Tradition. Although Christmas tree is a more of a German Tradition, most of the French families celebrate Christmas with a tree. If you are on French-German border, then you will notice that all the French children leave their shoes by the fireplace or by the door for Pere Noel or Santa Claus to fill with gifts. If by any chance you happen to be in Southern France, then you will notice that families out there usually burn a log from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day.
2) Celebrate the Eve in a grand way with French:
French cuisine is world renown and the country are known for its rich culinary traditions that can be found in most of the food prepared during the Christmas time. On Christmas Eve in France, everyone gathers for a huge meal called Le Revellion. This meal stretches on late into night with a break around midnight when the children open their gifts. Since the food in France is so decadent that if you happen to be in here for Christmas dinner then you are guaranteed to find a good one.
3) A major excuse to enjoy more wine:
Along with the food, the French also enjoy some bubbles so Champagne and Cremants are offered everywhere out here. Sweet wines and liqueurs are also available along with delicious pairings with foie gras and cheese. So not just the French cuisine, enjoy some French wine as well this Christmas.
4) Facts about Yuletide Tradition:
This is one old French tradition that is dying out, but France still pays homage to this ancient custom every year. Specifically, during Yuletide, families burn a log from Christmas Eve until the New Year’s Day. This does not end here; a part of the burnt log is used next year as a wedge for the plow. The French people believe that it brings good luck to family and farm.
5) Witness the white Christmas in French Mountains:
No doubt Brit’s favorite ski-holiday destination turns out to be France. But have you ever imagined waking up to a sparkling white Christmas in a snow-covered mountain village? Get ready to witness a perfect wintery Christmas day this year by simply renting a chalet in the French mountains especially in the Alps.Also, if you plan to spend your Christmas in Mountains this year then it could not be better than ending it with a good ski session.
6) A little warmer Christmas down the Riviera:
Well if you are someone who prefers to stay warm this Christmas then France has a better way for you to enjoy a mild Christmas on the beautiful French Riviera. Enjoy the festive season in full swing without getting frozen. Also, explore the traditional food and customs in Provence where there is a tradition to have thirteen dessert options after the Christmas meal.
7) Don’t miss the decoration and lights in Village:
French make sure that even though every town in France does not have a Christmas market still they have some form of festive decorations. You will get to see a huge Christmas tree on the main square along with a life-size crib. There is also a light set up to illuminate the street.
8) The exuberant Santa Claus Race:
This sportive tradition that is being carried out by the Parisian Suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux is a technique to create an enthusiastic environment with their annual Santa Claus race. This race is basically to get people together and is accompanied by orchestra and shows. This helps to build zeal inside everyone.
When its Christmas in France then the centre of attention must be the bûches de Noël. They are basically logs made from every type of chocolate there is or with fruit or cream. A light sponge coated in chocolate or cream is present in the cake which is then rolled to make a log. It is then iced with more chocolate or cream and rolled to look like a log. It is usually a dessert course that is served during the Reveillion.
10)Come celebrate Christmas in Paris:
Paris has always been one of the most visited tourist destination. During the festive season, the French capital turns out to be even more magical. Right from the Grand Magasins along the Champs-Élysées creating dazzling window displays and decorations for the festive season to visiting Tour de Montparnasse for stalls selling regional food or the traditional Alsace Christmas market at the Gare de l’Est,