Dressed for Christmas!
One day, I hope to spend a Christmas in Provence! My hope is that it will be sooner rather than later! Until then, I wanted to share a little of what I have learned about The French and a few of their traditions! The Christmas crib, or crèche is an important decoration,
traditional to the region from as early as the 17th century, though some rumors have it
that in 1223, St. Francis of Assisi may have first mentioned the crib, sparking a tradition in Italy and Southern France. Celebration of the Christ child is celebrated throughout villages. The fun of Santa coming is exciting also! Their Santa is known as Father Christmas and called Pere' Noel, the Santa of the French children.
The Christmas festivities last for three days, from the 24th to the 26th of December. Christmas Eve is celebrated with hymns, poems, and much food. Before the Midnight mass, the celebrations begin with The gros souper [big meal].
Traditionally, the whole family is present! Perhaps this is why I love it so much....family is everything! When one is blessed to have a large gathering of family one is richer than any gift money could ever buy! I hope your family ties are blessed with love, thankfulness, happiness, BIG hearts of forgiveness, and laughter. Bring a basket full of love and your gift will be treasured and passed on throughout time! There truly is no greater GIFT than love!