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I've been a boring American WASP most of my life (still am), but my French daughter-in-law introduced a curve ball into our Christmas' with our grand daughter: All presents, that is ALL presents, come from Santa Claus. All presents, for everyone, are delivered by the jolly fat man.

I don't know if that is a French deal, or my lovely daughter-in-law's deal, but it doesn't really matter anyway.

Seems rather socialist. A jolly fat white guy dressed in red bestows the presents from some nameless place, perhaps the north pole. :tongue:
Why don't you ask your DIL if this is a French tradition?
 

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Off topic from the OP's question but since I don't know traditions from other countries I'm sharing mine:

I do not think it is from any country at all, but when I was a kid my brother and I went to bed at our regular time in a regular house - on Christmas Eve. Somehow or other, my parents put up and completely decorated the tree and we were awakened at midnight for CHRISTMAS - with grandparents plus some aunts and uncles there to make it a true family Christmas. The party lasted a few hours. Then we went back to bed. Christmas day early afternoon, we went to either Grandma's or my mother's sister's place for Christmas dinner.

As an adult: The closest I could come to that with a house full of kids of all ages and some who had married and were on their own, was to have our whole family Christmas party on Christmas Eve, cocktail party style. That was our gift exchange time. Then on Christmas day the kids still living at home plus one or two other relatives who didn't have places to go would have a huge, festive Christmas dinner at our house and "the rest" of the presents were opened.

I think family traditions are wonderful, and so different from one family to another in this great country in which we live.
Growing up we went to midnight service Christmas Eve and then could open one present after, the rest and the ones from Santa were opened Christmas morning.
 

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My youngest son has been dating a girl from India for several years. She's gorgeous, a real head turner. Her parents immigrated but she was born here in NC. She had never celebrated Christmas until she spent Christmas with us. She's gone full American mode now and isn't looking back.
One of the guys I work with is a Christian from India. I asked about how they celebrated and it's very subdued due to the discrimination against Christians. Over here he has embraced some of the Santa stuff but he primarily celebrates religiously.
 

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My mother grew up with parents who immigrated from Europe before WWI. They met over here but grew up within 100 miles of each other; she in Austria and he in the Czech Republic. When my siblings and I were young, on Saint Nicholas Day (Dec 6) - mom called it "little Christmas" - our stockings would be graced with the chocolate "coins" wrapped in gold foil and a few shiny pennies.
Did you carry on the tradition with your children?
 

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We are from Scottish, German and Sicilian descent.
My relatives mostly did the American traditions.
The only tradition that I remember we followed was on Christmas Eve we did the feast of 7 fishes.
Catholic tradition to not eat meat on high holy days and the 7 fishes represent the 7 sacraments.
We would have lobster, crab, shrimp, flounder, clams, mussles, oysters cooked in various ways in addition to pasta dishes.
Oh, and lots of vino.
I forgot all about the feast of the 7 fishes! Never had it but I do know about it.
 

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Yup, my best buddy is Jewish and I always give his daughter a big bag of them chocolate coins for the holidays
They love coming over to our home for our Christmas Eve party.
I wish for more peace and understanding between the religions
This world would be incredible if we stopped fighting over worshipping the same God of Abraham
Amen.
 

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One of the guys I work with is a Christian from India. I asked about how they celebrated and it's very subdued due to the discrimination against Christians. Over here he has embraced some of the Santa stuff but he primarily celebrates religiously.
My son's GF is 23 now. She's estranged from her parents. I do hope she can have some kind of a relationship with them. They picked someone from India for her to marry and she wasn't/isn't having it. She's one of the sweetest young people I know, yet she is determined to have her "best life" here in America. She's an excellent match for my son - strong where he is weak and vice versa. She'll make a great partner if they so choose.
 

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For a couple of years, but the ex-wife and mother of my children didn't buy into the idea. It faded away.
I’m sorry, I find comfort in tradition.
 
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