Program 427: More European Christmas Traditions
Release Date: 12-12-2015
Nothing says Christmas like fresh oysters and fermented trout — at least according to some Europeans. Learn about the yuletide traditions of France, Norway, Greece, London, the Spanish Basque Country, and small-town Italy, from the varied fare to unusual holiday decorations to Santa’s leaner — and often meaner — overseas counterparts.
- Tom Hooper, tour guide from London
- Gillian Chadwick, tour guide from London
- Cecilia Bottai, vintner and tour guide from Orvieto, Italy
- Patrick Vidal, tour guide from Brittany, France
- Virginie Moré, tour guide from Lyon, France
- Pål Bjarne Johansen, tour guide from Oslo, Norway
- Anastasia Gaitanou, tour guide from Thessaloniki, Greece
- Danae Kousouri, tour guide from Athens
- Agustín Ciriza, tour guide from San Sebastian, Spain
- The history of displaying a nativity scene for Christmas is said have originated with St. Francis of Assisi. For centuries, it has included hosting a living nativity scene in Greccio, Italy.
- A Buche Noël yule log is a traditional dessert served at Christmastime in France.
- An online guide to Christmas markets in France.
- The Fȇte de Lumières lights festival in Lyon has been cancelled for 2015.
- Saint Vasilios, also known as Basil the Great, was a contemporary of Saint Nicholas, and brings gifts to the children in Greece on January 1.
- The Olentzero is a Christmastime character that brings toys to the children of the Basque Country in Spain.