The holiday season stretches from early December to early February in Provence. It's a special time of year in Provence: a time for family, friends, food, and traditions.
The Wood family has enjoyed the holiday season in Provence many times over the past 15 years. Kathy will share several important Christmas traditions in Provence: the santon figurines and the Christmas crèche. She'll introduce the famous crèche in Bonnieux's old church and crèches in other Provençal villages and cities. She'll also take us to a unique crèche festival the tiny village of Castellet and to Christmas celebrations in the Luberon.
Jennifer and her family have lived in Provence for 20 years. Jennifer will focus on more personal traditions associated with the holiday season in Provence, a very special time of year as people gather to celebrate and socialize with family and friends. One Provençal tradition is the "treize desserts" (thirteen desserts) enjoyed by many families after the midnight mass. She'll talk about typical foods and beverages served during the holiday season and at the big meal on Christmas day, often a gastronomic feast.