How to Prepare a French Christmas Eve Feast


In France, families gather together after Midnight Mass to partake of a late-night feast called the reveillon.

Things You'll Need

  • Candles
  • Turkeys
  • Wines
  • China Plates
  • Tablecloths
  • Wine Glasses
  • Remember that while this special meal is similar to the one served on Christmas day, it is also more intimate.

  • Begin preparing the meal well in advance, since this is considered the most important feast of the season.

  • Limit your guest list to close family members, as is typical in France. Plan to exchange gifts with them as part of this event.

  • Make pea or garden vegetable soup, which is a traditional part of the meal.

  • Consider serving foods such as goose, turkey, oysters or pâté.

  • Bake or buy a variety of pastries to serve for dessert.

  • Offer candied or fresh fruit to your guests. In particular, apples and grapes are often served at Christmastime.

  • Prepare a Yule log or bûche de Noël, which is a type of cake in a log shape.

  • Serve wine with the meal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select regional favorites to include in your meal. Each area has its own special dishes that form the basis of the menu.
  • This meal originated as a light snack, but over time it has evolved into an elaborate meal.

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