Christmas Traditions Around The World
Christmas in France is a family holiday. The celebrations begin on December 5, which is St. Nicholas Eve. It is a day for gift-giving between friends and relatives. On that cold night, children leave their shoes by the hearth so Pere Noel, or Father Christmas, will fill them with gifts.
Christmas Eve is the most special time in the French celebration of Christmas. Church bells ring and voices sing French carols, called noels.