Christmas in Paris and the Provinces

Learn Christmas Traditions in Paris and France

World Book’s Christmas in Paris and the Provinces is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in France. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite French holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.

Christmas in Paris begins with the ways that people prepare for the holiday in their homes and in their cities. The book introduces the beloved figure of Père Noël (Father Christmas), depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional French celebration of Christmas. From hot chestnut carts in the streets to Nativity plays, setting up the crèche, and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Paris captures the spirit of the holiday in this western European land. Also included are details about other French holidays that are celebrated at this time—the feasts of Saint Barbara and Saint Nicholas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany.

Christmas Around the World Series:

Christmas in Paris and the Provinces is a part of World Book’s Christmas Around the World series. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.

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