Facsimile from The Progress (Churchill Area), December 24, 1975, p. 1 (top)
U.S. style Christmas for AFS student
|by Gen Lucidi
CHURCHILL AREA ---
Veronique Chappellat won't be hanging her stocking at the
"WE HAVE a Christmas tree, perhaps even an artificial one. However, it is trimmed only with round ornaments, not figures such as here," she explained while admiring some of the decorations made by the Berry family.
The focal point of the French home during
the holidays is the nativity scene which often covers an
entire wall. Figures are of varied dimensions, some being
almost lifesized The elaborate backgrounds, such as
mountains and landscapes, surround the manger to add to
| THE CHRISTMAS
observance opens for Veronique and her family Christmas
Eve when they attend midnight mass. At noon the next day
they gather at her grandparents for a sumptuous Christmas
"We might start with goose pate, followed by stuffed fish or duck in orange sauce. Roast turkey is usually the main course. Lemons and oranges are served during the middle of the meal. And then there are a lot of side dishes, such as figs and nuts.
don't know why, but it is French tradition to serve 13
desserts on Christmas. Of course," she reassured
with a broad grin, "you don't have to eat all 13.
You don't even have to taste them."
FOR THE BERRY children, Scott, Sue
and Sandy, as well as for Mr. and Mrs. Berry, this
Christmas has taken on a "particularly warm
feeling" as they delight in showing Veronique scores
of American sights and expose her to native customs.
EXCHANGE STUDENT Veronique Chapellat picks out
an "Uncle Sam"