St Barbe’s Feast to Three King’s Day

The season officially begins on December 4th with the feast of St. Barbe and continues on through to Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve (St. Sylvestre), ending on the 6th January with the Epiphany or the Feast of the Three Kings.  The Feast of St. Barbe  –  this day signals the…

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Santons and Thirteen Desserts

Santons or “Provence’s Little Saints” as they are known, are an integral part of Christmas decorations in Provence.   The traditional figures carved of wood or formed from clay which first appeared at a Christmas fair in Marseilles in 1803. They quickly became one of the wel…

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