Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Around the World--French Canada

The charming, yet simple, declaration of faith by the people of French Canada awakens memories of the ancient French Christmas, with its quaintness, characteristic lightness of spirit, and intense religious feeling.

Christmas day begins with a midnight mass of great splendor, followed by the Reveillon, an elaborate after-church dinner in the home.  Throughout the holiday season there is great emphasis upon the religious aspects of Christmas.  Reveillon dinner usually consists of  lobster, oysters, escargots or foie gras, etc. One traditional dish is turkey with chestnuts. Réveillons in Quebec will often include some variety of tourtière, a meat pie originating from Quebec usually made with pork, veal, or beef.  A common dessert served is buche de Noel.   In Provence, there is a tradition of the 13 desserts: 13 desserts are served, almost invariably including: pompe à l'huile (a flavoured bread), dates, etc.

Buche de Noel

On January 6th, the holiday season ends with the feast of the Kings of Epiphany, celebrated with much merriment and festivity.  It is at this feast the the traditional cake, "Le Gateau des Rois" is cut.  This cake has a pea and bean in it and the king and queen of the Twelfth Night are elected by those receiving them.

Christmas Around the World, an ideals publication, 1961.

Always in spirit....


  1. Hi, Michelle!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! It was about a half hour ago, but I was publishing my "Merry Christmas" post. Now I'm here to share the joy of this great day with you!! May you have a blessed and holy day!!!!

    Maria @


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