Program 427b: Even More European Christmas Traditions
Release Date: 12-25-2021
Learn about holiday traditions observed in France, Norway, Greece, London, the Spanish Basque Country, and small-town Italy. From festively decorated Greek boats to dishes of fresh oysters and fermented trout, and Santas who live not on the North Pole but on a farm or in the woods, Christmas is a little different across the pond.
- 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
- You can watch the Rick Steves European Christmas TV special on demand. The website includes a number of Christmas recipes from Rick's European tour guide friends, plus extra features from Rome and Bavaria.
- The history of displaying a nativity scene for Christmas is said have originated with St. Francis of Assisi.
- A "Buche Noël" yule log is a traditional dessert served at Christmastime in France.
- 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.