It’s that time of the year when most of us are getting ready for Christmas! Planning days to visit family and friends; decorating the tree; watching and listening to Christmas movies and songs; counting down the days with an advent calendar; shopping for presents and making your own list for santa.

Christmas is celebrated around the world, yet the food and traditions vary. In France, Christmas is celebrated having a feast and offering presents to family on the night of the 24th of December. Christmas Eve dishes can include roast turkey, oysters, foie gras, venison, cheeses, wine and champagne!

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This week, we give you seasonal expressions and french vocabulary to set you up for this Christmas:

Noël – Christmas

Joyeuse fêtes! – happy holidays

Joyeux Noël! – merry christmas

Noël sous la neige! – white christmas

Le jour de Noël – Christmas day

le Réveillon de Noël – Christmas Eve

décembre – December

l’hiver – Winter

le Réveillon – Christmas feast

Pére Noël, Papa Noël – Father Christmas, Santa Claus

le marché de Noël – Christmas market

décoration – ornament

une carte de Noël – Christmas card

un sapin de Noël, un arbre de Noël – Christmas tree

la chaussette de Noël – Christmas stocking

cadeaux – present

le papier cadeau – wrapping paper

la neige – snow

un bonhomme de neige – snowman

le flocon de neige – snowflake

l’étoile – star

un traîneau – sleigh

un ange – angel

une cloche – bell

une bougie – candle

un renne – reindeer

 

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