If you are spending this Christmas season in France then there are a few quirky traditions that you should be aware of. If you decide to embrace them all then you could be in for a very festive time indeed!
First things first: if you are from the UK, America or Australia then you will no doubt be used to celebrating Christmas on the 25th December. A day for the family to get together, eat turkey and fall asleep in front of the TV (or for the southern hemisphere, have a BBQ and enjoy a surf!). But the European traditions are a little different and many countries celebrate with family and present giving on Christmas Eve. In France, however, you will find that depending on the region, gifts are exchanged as early as 6th December at the feast of St Nicolas, or even as late at 6th January. That's a choice of four dates for your celebrations... take your pick.