Ten traditions that make a French Christmas

Every culture does Christmas differently, and the French, who to their credit rarely do things the way most other countries do, have their own festive traditions, that they have held on to over the years. Here's ten customs that make a French Christmas.

Ten traditions that make a French Christmas
"Le Reveillon" - The traditional French Christmas feast that often takes place in the early hours of the morning. Photo: Wikimedia commons

The big downside of Christmas in France is obviously the absence of Boxing Day, but then the French don't generally need a seconda day off to recover from a christmas pudding induced hangover.

And they make up for it in other ways with their festive season stretching out over weeks rather than 48 hours.

So if you are spending Christmas in France this year or you are abroad and just wondering what is the Gallic way of celebrating "Noel", then here's ten traditions that mark a "Christmas a la francaise".

Ten traditions that make a French Christmas

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