Christmas Around the World- Exploring French Traditions
We learned that in the past many people in France burned a yule log in their fireplace . Today they eat a yule log shaped cake called a buche de Noel.
JDaniel and I decorated a store bought chocolate roll cake with candy petal and berries I made out of Starburst candy to create our yule log.
JDaniel was thrilled to learn that in France Pere Noel comes twice. He brings small packages of candy and treats on December 6th and also on Christmas Eve. During his stop on Christmas Eve, he lives games, toys, and candy in or around shoes left near a fireplace or creche.
I think he might want to visit France next December just experience to Father Christmas stops.
We have a Willow Tree nativity scene made of the the people and the animals, but we don’t have an creche for that set. We do have wooden creche and nativity set from Bethlehem that my in laws brought my husband. Both sets are usually kept out of JDaniel’s reach. Some of the wise men were cracked last year.
This year I decided to buy him his own set to play with. It doesn’t have terra- cotta figures as a french set might. His is made of Lego like pieces and is called Tales of Glory Nativity Playset.
We decided to make some of our own using tissue paper to create cylinders. JDaniel painted the tissue paper with cotton balls. He made a wild modern design of streaks, spots and blobs. After placing the candy in toilet paper rolls, we wrapped them with the tissue paper and taped them closed with scotch tape to keep the candy from leaking out the sides. Then I tied at each end with rick rack.