Program 427: More European Christmas Traditions

Release Date: 12-12-2015

Description

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.

Guests

  • 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

Related Links

  • 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.