Day Six: Les Chansons de Noël

Although it is not religious, “Petit Papa Noël” or “Little Santa Claus,” is the most popular carol in France.  Here is the first verse and a translation.

“Petit Papa Noël”

C’est la belle nuit de Noël

La neige étend son manteau blanc

Et les yeux levés vers le ciel

À genoux, les petits enfants

Avant de fermer les paupières

Font une dernière prière.


It’s a beautiful Christmas night

Snow spreads its white coat

And eyes lift toward the sky

On their knees, small children

Before closing their eyes

Say a last prayer.



Watch the real Pere Noël sing it!


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