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Study Guide Questions

1.     When does the Christmas season traditionally begin in France?
2.     Who is Saint Barbara?
3.     What is the significance of wheat to Saint Barbara and to the French Christmas season?
4.     Is such a custom merely superstition, a holdover from pagan practices, or is there an element of ritual relating to the Christian tradition?
5.     Who was Saint Nicholas? When is his day of recognition?
6.     How did he become a patron saint of children?
7.     By what name is Saint Nicholas known in the United States? In France?
8.     Where is Saint Nicholas especially honored in France?
9.     Who is le Père Fouettard?
10.     What do bad French children receive as holiday gifts?
11.     Who are believed to be the Christmas gift-bringers in France?
12.     Where was the first recorded use of evergreens for Christmas trees?
13.     What are some of the natural materials used for decorations in France?
14.     Where is a fun place to find Christmas decorations and delicious foods?
15.     What is an American equivalent of the French markets?
16.     What is a crèche? a.) a booth at a French market c.) a delicious French pastry b.) a nativity scene d.) a holiday wreath made with holly and mistletoe
17.     What material is used in making traditional French santons? a.) cedar b.) dried holly c.) marble from Provence d.) clay
18.     Where is the French province of Provence? a.) southern France b.) Normandy c.) west of Paris d.) Aquitaine
19.     How are the santons made?
20.     How is a traditional French Christmas celebration different from your own?
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