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Xmas in France πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis - updated on Mar 14, 2021
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How does one celebrate Xmas in France? How do you say merry Xmas in French? What’s the French Xmas vocabulary? The answer in my article! Joyeux NoΓ«l !

There is so much to say about Xmas in France: I’ve written many articles so here is a recap! Follow the links to read/listen to my French Xmas articles: some have audio recordings or videos.

Let’s start by taking a look at the French Xmas Vocabulary.

How Do You Say Xmas in French?

Xmas in French is β€œNoΓ«l”. It’s a rather short word so there is no abbreviation for it.
French people may have learned the word Christmas in English class, but it’s unlikely they’d be familiar with the abbreviation Xmas, or that they’d be able to understand it!

French Xmas Vocabulary

  1. 10 ways of Wishing Merry Christmas in French – with audio recordings
  2. β€œTop 100 French Xmas Vocabulary” – List of Xmas vocabulary – with audio recordings
  3. β€œFrench Christmas Dialogue” – with audio
    Olivier and I recorded a realistic dialogue introducing you to both the French traditions and precise vocabulary used around that time of year. Bilingual dialogue.
  4. β€œPetit Papa NoΓ«l” – The ultimate French Xmas carol sung by a young Leyla – video
  5. β€œChanson pour les enfants l’hiver” – A very famous winter poem for children said by young Leyla – audio and video
  6. β€œCatholic Mass Prayers in French” and β€œJe Vous Salue Marie – Hail Mary” Far be it from me to proselytise, but these recording can be interesting to some in this Xmas season – recordings & English translation

Xmas in France – Traditions

  1. β€œChristmas Traditions in France” – All Traditions
  2. β€œMeet the French Santa” – Meet Saint Nicolas, who visits some French houses the night of December 5th-6th. Bilingual Story.
  3. β€œDecember 24th or 25th?” When do the French celebrate Xmas?
  4. β€œJoyeux Hanoucca” – French vocabulary for this Jewish Holiday

Xmas Related Bilingual Stories

  1. β€œNoΓ«l en Australie” – une histoire en franΓ§ais facile
  2. β€œStrolling a French Xmas Market” – Bilingual story
  3. β€œXmas Lights in Dinan” – Bilingual story

French Xmas Food

  1. β€œTruths and Myths Of The French Xmas Mealβ€œ
  2. β€œLa BΓ»che de NoΓ«l” – Xmas Yule Log recipe
  3. β€œLes truffes au Chocolat” – Chocolate truffles recipe
  4. β€œCoquilles Saint Jacques au foie gras” – discover Olivier’s special Scallop recipe for the Holidays.

And for just after Christmas, New year in France- La Saint Sylvestre, and then January 6th is the King’s day cake: La Galette des Rois recipe.

I wish you all to have a great new year with many opportunities to practice your French!

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