17. Joyeux Noël

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What you will learn in film 17

THis chapter is about how an ordinary French family celebrates Christmas..

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Saint Nicholas

The legend is of a rich young man in third century Turkey who gave away all his inheritance to the poor and needy, became a bishop, and was imprisoned and tortured by the Romans.

Nicholas was brought up as a Christian. He took pity on a poor neighbour whose daughters could not get married without a dowry. Nicholas crept into the house one night, and left a gift of gold coins in the daughter's stocking which had been washed and was hanging up to dry by the fire. When the secret got out, other people hung up their stockings in the hope of similar generosity.

Nicholas eventually gave away all his money to the poor and needy, and became a priest. As a bishop he was imprisoned and tortuned by the Roman emperor at a time when Christianity was illegal.

For more information:

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Websites on Christmas & other celebrations

Schools in UK and France worked together on this project to record their traditions and celebrations at different times of the year, and on special days. ***HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


See also:

Festivals in France, Spain and Germany

Christmas in France and Canada

Here is a really rich link for Christmas info - in a choice of English or French.

The official description is:
"Christmas Traditions in France and in Canada.
Canada and France offer you a summary of the social and communal customs, family celebrations, and religious ceremonies that have become part of their diverse Christmas traditions."
The website is one result of an international cultural project linking France and Canada - it has particularly interesting sections on how French customs migrated to New France, and comparing Francophone and Anglophone traditions.

French celebrations

The French website 'ChezLorry' has a great section on special festivals, "Les Événements de l'Année", with colouring, games, etc. You can ONLY see each part at the time of year coming up to the event. http://chezlorry.ca/Events.htm

There are sections on:

  • Halloween
  • Noel
  • St. Valentin
  • Pâques
  • Fête des Mères (Mothers Day)
  • Fête des Pères (Fathers Day)

"Les Événements de l'Année" on http://chezlorry.ca/Events.htm

Search on 'Yahoo! France' for 'Jours de fete' gives a list of pages about Christmas, Easter and Hallowe"en - all in French:http://fr.search.yahoo.com/

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