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Noël en France

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'Merry Christmas' in French is 'Joyeux Noël.'   Father Christmas is le Père Noël.   If you are going to send him a letter then it should begin:-   Cher Père Noël, ....

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In the North East of France, Christmas celebrations begin on the 6 December - also known as Saint Nicholas' Day.  

The celebrations take place because, once upon a time, there were three children who got lost in the countryside.  A wicked butcher kidnapped them.  

Luckily, Saint Nicolas rescued the children and returned them to their parents.  This is why Saint Nicholas is known as the protector of children.  Another name for him is Santa Claus!