Provence Christmas Story
Explore: Travel in ProvenceMargo LestzProvencal History & Traditions

The Provence Christmas Story a Tale of the Santons

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: You may know the traditional Biblical Christmas story, but in Provence, there is a bit more to it. The Provence Christmas story is told in a Nativity play called a pastorale. It incorporates the main details of the traditional Nativity but sets it in a …

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Santons of Provence @MirabeauWine
Explore: Travel in ProvenceMirabeau WinesProvencal History & TraditionsWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

What is the History Behind the Santons of Provence

Contributor blog post by Mirabeau Wine: Sir Francis of Assisi established the tradition of nativity scenes in 1223 with live enactments by people and animals during the midnight mass on Christmas eve in his church of Greccio, Italy. The tradition halted after the French Revolution, when many churches were closed. …

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The Santons in Provence @OurHouseinProvence
Lifestyle: Art & CultureOur House in ProvenceShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Tis the season for Santons in Provence

Contributor blog post by Michel: You know I love santons, the hand-made clay figurines that depict the colorful people, traditional trades, activities and costumes of Provence. In Provence, they are set out at Christmas in a Provençal crèche (nativity scene). …Continue reading here for Michel’s description of these tiny clay figures …

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Provence Prestige @curiousprovence
Ashley TinkerLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of FranceWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

Provence Prestige Blog Trip: Atelier Arterra

Contributor blog post by Ashley Tinker: Une Journée de Découverte à Marseille Curious Provence is one of the official bloggers for Provence Prestige in Arles. My Provence, working with Bouches-du-Rhône Tourisme, hosted a blog trip last weekend in Marseille and the Camargue. I was proud to be the only anglophone out …

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Provence santons figurines #ProvenceHistory #Christmas @MirabeauWine
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMirabeau WinesProvencal History & Traditions

The Santons of Provence

Contibutor blog post by Victoria Koning @Mirabeau Wine: Sir Francis of Assisi established the tradition of nativity scenes in 1223 with live enactments by people and animals during the midnight mass on Christmas eve in his church of Greccio, Italy. The tradition halted after the French Revolution, when many churches …

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Mulled Wine and Escargot Strasbourg Christmas Market @PJAdams10
Markets in Provence and Cote d'AzurPamela PJ AdamsTaste: Food & Drink

Strasbourg Christmas Markets and Provencal Traditions

Recently, author and Perfectly Provence contributor PJ Adams visited the Strasbourg Christmas Market. PJ wrote this article following her trip to France where she compares the seasonal holiday traditions between Alsace and Provence. Keep reading for PJ’s tasty Christmas post on sauerkraut, gingerbread, calissons and nougat. Strasbourg France, the “Capital …

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Christmas @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Christmas Ideas from Provence

By late November, the Christmas markets in Provence are in full swing. Individual cabanas decorated with festive trimmings line the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence. In a short walk, you can buy some gingerbread (pain d’épices) to go with your foie gras, stock up on a few santons for your crèche …

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Taking Root in Provence Book cover #Provence #Books
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Christmas in Provence

Dutch-born Anne-Marie Simons is a traveller. She studied in Paris, worked in Brussels and then moved to the United States where for a long time she worked only to support her travel-bug. Today, Anne-Marie and her husband Oscar reside in Aix-en-Provence where she continues to hone her writing. The following …

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