In France, a nativity crib is often used to help decorate the house. French cribs have clay figures in them. During December some towns and cities, such as Marseilles, have fairs that sell nativity figures, as well as having the normal nativity figures in them, French scenes also have figures such as a butcher, a baker, a policeman and a priest.
In French merry Christmas is joyeux Noel and Santa Claus is called père Noel.
The main Christmas meal, called Révellion, is eaten on Christmas Eve after people have returned from the midnight church service. Dishes might include roast turkey with chestnuts or roast goose, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison and cheeses. For dessert, a chocolate sponge cake log called a buche de Noel is normally eaten.
Another celebration, at Christmas in France, is that 13 different desserts are eaten, all the desserts are made from different types of fruits, nuts and pastries.