Thursday, December 20, 2012

Marché de Noël – Christmas Market


Holiday photos featuring local, artisanal products at a local Christmas market.

Singing/Dancing Bear


Santons are small colourful hand-made Christmas figures part of a typical French Nöel crèche (Christmas Nativity scene), made in the South of France. The idea was started by an artist in Marseille and quickly spread through Provence and Languedoc Roussillon. The traditional nativity scene includes figures representing the characters from local village life such as the baker, the fisherman, the butcher, the blind man, the shepherd, the parish priest, the flower seller, the storyteller and the chestnut seller, etc. Typical santon scenes include musicians and dancers who dance the farandole with joined hands. There are two types of Provençal santons: santons d’argile (hand-painted clay figures) and santons habilles (figures dressed in real clothes and carrying real baskets, lavender, fishing nets etc).

Source: Posterous Space

Unpainted Santons


Products from Alsace

Madame Fairy/Fee

Pudding Cake

Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel

(Above photos are mine)                              

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