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Christmas en français: Festive Vocabulary

Hoping to impress this festive season? Then why not try a few of our choicest French Christmas words and phrases!

This year, we’re dreaming of…

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Discover more festival vocabulary in Part Two!

Do you have any favourite Christmas words, phrases or expressions? We’d love to hear them! Tell us in a comment below, or tweet us: @MaVieFrancaise, #MyFrenchChristmas.

Image credits:
1. Advent calendar, by FergieFam007 on Flickr
2. Snow Ball, by masev on Flickr
3. Shepherd, by CaféFroid on Flickr
4. Hannah Duke
5. In a Greenwich junk shop, by DG Jones on Flickr
6. Ribbons II, by swimparallel on Flickr
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  1. Sarah Taylor
    10 years ago

    This piece is gorgeous – thanks Hannah!
    I particularly like the word for snowman – un bonhomme de neige (so much more fun in French than English)!

  2. Hannah Duke
    10 years ago

    It’s such a good word isn’t it! Glad you enjoyed it, merci Sarah. 🙂

  3. Rosemary Kneipp
    10 years ago

    “Réveillon” is an interesting word because it includes the idea of staying awake. It’s also used for celebrating New Year.