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Unformatted text preview: Christmas in France Christmas in France is a time for family get-togethers, a religious festival and a celebration for both adults and children alike. Before going to bed, French children leave a shoe by the fireplace to be filled with gifts from Père Noël. Traditionally wooden clogs, called sobots, were left for ‘le petit Jesus'. Nowadays it is Père Noël who visits the houses with Père Fouettard (Father Spanker) who tells him whether the children have behaved and deserve gifts or a spank. Sweets, nuts, fruit and small toys are also hung on the Christmas tree. Some families start celebrating on 6th December, with presents from Saint Nicolas, others wait for Père Noël until Christmas Day and adults with a lot of patience do not give each other presents until New Year's Day! Over this period children reenact the birth of Christ in plays or watch puppet shows in village Year's Day!...
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- Spring '10
- Christmas tree, Christmas Day, Père Noël