Joyeux Christmas, Merry noël !

French Christmas collage with tasty food, drinks and decorations

A French Christmas celebration is always classy and delicious

‘Tis the season for the city to get all lit up with the spirit of the holidays, and no one knows how to have a joyeux noël better than the French. The Alliance Française, Chicago’s French cultural and learning center, offers a full calendar of events, celebrations and opportunities to enjoy French food and customs centered around the Christmas holiday.

The December installment in the AF’s “Being a Chef” series teaches you to prepare an elegant holiday menu: Jacques Pépin’s cream of mussel soup, veal roast with braised Lettuce, parisienne gnocchi and praline-chocolate paradis with chocolate leaves. Children ages 7-10 can learn to make Cake de Noël aux fruits confits (which sounds so much fancier than plain fruitcake, doesn’t it?), as well as the traditional Epiphany king cake (La Galette des rois).

Did you know Santa Claus (also known in France as Père Noël, or Father Christ

mans) has a daughter?

Check out Alliance Française’s Facebook page to learn to sing “La fille du père Noël“: French language classes make a great gift for anyone; choose from initiation level all the way through proficient. You can choose a class that meets once a week or twice a week, and even take a free trial class before you commit yourself (or your loved ones). Enroll before noon on Saturday, January 2, 2016 for “early bird” rates.

In observance of the holidays, the Alliance Française de Chicago will be closed Wednesday, December 23 through Sunday, January 3. Classes and regular business hours will resume on Monday, January 4.

Joyeuses fêtes !

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