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Top Ten: French Christmas traditions

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Top Ten: French Christmas traditions
In France people shop in traditional Christmas markets as much as in the deluxe stores. Photo: Dalbera/Flickr
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Every country does Christmas slightly differently, and the French - who, to their credit, rarely do things like the rest of the world - naturally have their own Christmas traditions, that they have just about held on to over the years.

From a British perspective, for example, the big downside of Christmas in France is the absence of Boxing Day, but then the French don't generally need a second day off to recover from a Christmas pudding or turkey-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're spending Christmas in France this year, or you're abroad and just wondering what the Gallic way of celebrating "Noël" is, then here are ten traditions that mark "Christmas à la française".

Top ten: French Christmas traditions

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