2 Lots of people from all around the world celebrate Christmas Lots of people from all around the world celebrate Christmas. Not everyone does, though.
3 The people who do celebrate Christmas sometimes celebrate in different ways. Sometimes they have the same kinds of traditions, but different words are used. As we learn about Christmas around the world, think about how other culture's traditions are similar or different to your own.
4 People have come from all around the world to live in America People have come from all around the world to live in America. Maybe your great-great-great-great-grandmother was from France.When people came from different countries to America, they brought their own holidays and traditions with them. Some of them are still around today.
5 FRANCEUSAToday we are going to learn about Christmas in France. France is across the ocean in Europe. It is near England. People there speak French and often Enghish, too.
6 The Eiffel Tower is in Paris, France. France gave the United States a famous statue - our Statue of Liberty.
8 In France, the Christmas season starts on December 6. This is called St. Nicholas Day. Some children receive small gifts on this day. They leave their shoes out with some carrots. Then on the morning of Dec. 6, small gifts are left in the shoes for the children.
9 A manger scene, or la creche, is often the focal point of Christmas decorations. Some of these are very old and have been in families for years and years. Often, characters from town are added. These are called santons.
10 A long time ago, people used a yule log instead of a tree A long time ago, people used a yule log instead of a tree. Now that we have electric heat, people make a yule log cake. It's called la buche de Noel.
11 Christmas trees are used in France, but they are more popular in America. Some people in France don't put up a tree. If one is used, it is called un sapin de Noel. It is decorated in the same way as in America.
12 During the Christmas season, families often have out an advent calendar. The calendar often has a small for each day of December until Christmas.
13 The markets and stores decorate for Christmas. The cities are usually lit up in lights.
16 Christmas carols, or songs, are popular in France. You might have heard some of them in English.Silent Night ... Douce NuitOh, Christmas Tree.... Mon Beau SapinJingle Bells... Vive le VentDeck the Halls... Falalalala
17 On Christmas Eve, children leave out their shoes in hopes that Pere Noel leaves them presents. Pere Noel means Father Christmas.
18 Adults usually wait until New Year's Day to open gifts.
19 Did you learn some Christmas traditions from France that are similar to ours?
20 Did you learnabout any traditionsthat are differentfrom ours?