ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Christmas in France: Joyeux Noel

Updated on December 4, 2014

Joyeux Noel

This is one of our Zazzle products.  The image came from W P Clipart and is in public domain.
This is one of our Zazzle products. The image came from W P Clipart and is in public domain. | Source

Christmas in France

Christmas is celebrated by Christians around the world, but not everyone celebrates Christmas the same. Each region has its own culture, so we should not be surprised than celebrations vary from country to country, and occasionally from region to region. And, the French have their own customs.

It is always interesting to learn about a new culture. But here in the United States people arrived from various parts of the world, so many have a heritage that goes back to France. Some privately celebrate the culture of their heritage. Others would like to incorporate a culture that for some reason was lost generations ago.

The French Influence in North America

The French settled Louisiana, which originally extended to Canada, and a vast part of Canada. In these areas, and even where many others migrated to, the French influence is still strong, and a French heritage exists. It would not be uncommon for descendants of French settles, or f French immigrants, to wish to include something of a French celebration in their own Christmas activities.

Merry Christmas

Well, in France I would be wishing you a Joyeax Noel, which is the French way of wishing a person a Merry Christmas.

Eiffel Tower Christmas Ornament

Kurt Adler 5-Inch Noble Gems Glass Eiffel Tower Ornament
Kurt Adler 5-Inch Noble Gems Glass Eiffel Tower Ornament

This is a Kurt Adler Christmas ornament. Kurt Adler ornaments represent high quality.

 

Paris at Christmas

Paris celebrates with beautiful decorations. In the Rick Steves video there are beautiful scenes from Paris, including a decorated Eiffel Tower, one of the most recognizable structures of Paris.

In addition to the beauty of Paris at Christmas, Rick Steves spends time on the foods consumed in celebrating Christmas French style. The food seems to beckon to be consumed.

Christmas in France VideoChristmas in France Video

Rick Steves makes beautiful videos of Europe. The entire sets of his videos are sold on Amazon, but he makes short segments of some available on YouTube. The video below is a segment showing much more depth than one would expect from other travel videos, and is one of his short segments that has been made available on YouTube.

Rick Steves Christmas in France

Jim Shore Santa Claus

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek French Santa Stone Resin Hanging Ornament, 4.25”
Jim Shore Heartwood Creek French Santa Stone Resin Hanging Ornament, 4.25”

Jim Shore figurines are of high quality. This one is Pe’re Noel, and is one of a number of quality Christmas ornaments.

 

Pe’re Noel

The Santa Claus figure takes on a slightly different appearance in different countries, and often the name is changed to accommodate the language spoken. In France the Santa Claus who comes is called Pe’re Noel. The appearance is slightly different, as can be seen in the item to the right.

The character’s name translates at Father Christmas, and can also be called Papa Noel, which translates as Daddy Christmas.

According to Wikipedia, children leave their shoes filled with carrots among other things for Pe’re Noel’s donkey near the fireplace on Christmas Eve, and receive presents in return.

In Louisiana the donkey has been replaced with alligators, and the sleigh with a pirogue. Here, the French version of Christmas has been altered, but Papa Noel is still used.

Eating and Drinking

The French know how to eat, and desserts are always popular. The region of Provence celebrates with the thirteen desserts, which are to represent Jesus and the twelve apostles. Information was scarce, but I would suppose Judas is replaced, as he was over two thousand years ago. There is no specific list of desserts, but the celebration always includes thirteen.

Christmas in France> An Expert Village Video

Nativity Sets and Santons

Santons originally came from the Provence region, and are village people figurines that are often included in Nativity sets. There are, according to Wikipedia, fifty-five different figurines in use. Inclusion of santons makes each Nativity set unique. Each family chooses the santons or figurines to add to the amily Nativity set.

Santons are mentioned in the next video. It indicates the word santon means saint, and apparently it is the French manner of expressing that village workers can all become saints.

French Christmas Carols

French Christmas Carols

Many familiar Christmas carols can be sung in French. I have listened to a few and the music is often familiar, but the words are not something I would recognize. One possibility to enjoy a French Christmas, or at least incorporate it as part of your own celebration, is to play French Christmas carols in the background while enjoying Christmas dinner, especially if you have the thirteen desserts and wine with the meal.

Waterford Silver Fleur de Lis Christmas Ornament

Waterford Silver 2014 Fleur de Lis Ornament
Waterford Silver 2014 Fleur de Lis Ornament

Another quality Christmas ornament will add a lot to your Christmas tree.

 

The Fleur De Lis

One of the most recognizable symbols of France is the Fleur de Lis, and inclusion of a Christmas Ornament in the shape of the Fleur de Lis adds a touch of France to your Christmas tree. These are easily found, and many different ones of various quality are present on Amazon. The one I have chosen to show is a quality piece from Waterford.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Blackspaniel1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Blackspaniel1 

      3 years ago

      Thank you. Because it is seasonal it is not currently getting much attention.

    • colorfulone profile image

      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, this is really a creative Christmas hub, Blackspaniel.

      It is unique and interesting!

    • Blackspaniel1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Blackspaniel1 

      3 years ago

      I saw one image of the French Santa with a strange little hat. I like ours better, but I suppose it is what you remember from childhood.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      even france santa looks different, thinner and longer face than the round chubby santa

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)