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  1. 1. The end of the year traditions in France Christmas in France
  2. 2. •The Christmas tree, decorations and illuminations In France, at the beginning of December, we prepare the Christmas tree : we decorate it with Christmas baubles and garlands. It’s a good moment which we spend in family. Under the Christmas tree, we place the crib. The crib represents a cowshed where is Jesus and the others characters who surround him (Marie, Joseph…). A crown formed of branches, straw or rushes braided in the shape of circle, is hung on the door. These crowns are decorated
  3. 3. Cities are illuminated and a Christmas tree is on the main place of the city. At
  4. 4. •The Advent calendar The Advent calendar is intended to make the children wait until Christmas. On December 1st, children open the compartment with the number 1 of their calendar. Every day corresponds to a compartment of the calendar. Children generally find there a chocolate. The rite continues until December 24th (compartment number 24 of the calendar).
  5. 5. •The Christmas Eve In France, December 24th on the evening, families make a Christmas Eve dinner (meat such as turkey, capon) and also dishes inescapable as the foie gras, lobsters tails or oysters. For the dessert we eat the traditional Yule log, the rolled cake. Oyesters Foie gras Turkey Yule log Then, believers go to the midnignt mass.
  6. 6. •The midnight mass On December 24th some go to the midnight mass. The midnight mass celebrates Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. We take back the story of Jesus’ birth by singing, by miming Gospel and by staging living nativity scenes. The midnight massLiving nativity scene
  7. 7. Santa Claus comes to put presents under the Christmas tree during the night and children discover them on Christmas day, in the morning !
  8. 8. Christmas dinner On Christmas day (December 25th), the whole family meets around the Christmas table. The Christmas lunch often consists in a turkey or a roasted capon and ends by an Yule log. ( again !)

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