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A Traditional Christmas in France

Whilst our chalets will be offering everything we are used to according to our general Christmas traditions in the UK it’s nice to learn what kind of things our French friends do around the festive period and just how close we are to a traditional Christmas in France.

Joyeux Noel from Freedom Ski Morzine

Joyeux Noel from Freedom Ski Morzine

Christmas really starts on Christmas Eve in France where family and friends will gather after midnight mass for their festive feast, Le Réveillon.  The feast is just like Christmas dinner we focus on in the UK but may also include such delights as oysters, foie gras, venison and cheeses.  Instead of the traditional pudding and fruity Christmas cake, most French dinners will end with a chocolate sponge cake log called a bûche de Noël as dessert.  This is much like the Chocolate Yule log that will be found on many tables in the UK.

Traditional French Yule Log

Traditional French Yule Log Dessert

 

The yule log carries through in French Christmas culture where they are carried into the home on Christmas Eve, sometimes sprinkled with red wine to add to the lovely aroma when the log is burning.  Many homes will leave the log burning all night with some additional candles and food and drinks for Mary and the baby Jesus should they stop by during the night!

Yule Log

Yule Log

Have a wonderful Christmas and we hope to see you in the New Year.  If you would like to get in touch for our availability in the New Year we would love to hear from you and please look out for our one day Boxing Day sale on twitter.