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christmas foods


Although Christmas is celebrated differently all over
Europe, one thing we can all agree on is that we love gorging on the delicious
foods that come with this time of year. France is no exception, and boasts its
own variety of foods which make a special appearance at this time of year. On
your luxury family holidays in France this Christmas, why not see which is your
favourite?

Vin Chaud

Translating into English as hot wine, vin chaud is a
favourite wintertime treat in France, with its rich, delicious taste and a
warmth which is perfect for battling a chilly winter?s day. You?ll often find
it being sold in the streets on carts or at stalls, as well as at the Christmas
markets dotted all over France.

Bûche de Noël

A traditional cake you?ll find in every French household,
the Bûche de Noël is the French version of a classic Yule Log, made by coating
a spongey pound cake with buttercream icing and rolling the two together into
the shape of a log.

Beaujolais Nouveau


Released on the third Thursday of November each year,
Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine which is drunk across the country, with tradition
holding that the entire supply should be consumed by the New Year. True to the
name, the wine is not meant to become a vintage, leading to the rush to drink
it all by January 1st. It is often drunk as a popular accompaniment
to the holiday meal, or Reveillon.

Foie Gras

A popular French export, foie gras is something that we even
enjoy in the UK at Christmas time. In France, family meals often start with a
cocktail or an aperitif, which is often accompanied by hors d?oeuvres, small
nibbles which get the tastebuds tingling. Foie gras is a particularly luxurious
example, a Christmas treat, which steps up the first course even more with the
accompaniment of Sauternes or Champagne.

Roasted Chestnuts

Simply collected from the trees and roasted over a roaring
fire, roasted chestnuts are a holiday staple in France. You can either buy them
raw from stores and roast them at home, or buy them hot and already prepared
from street vendors at the Christmas markets, who serve them up in paper cones.


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