What is Les santons in French?

What is Les santons in French?

Santons (Provençal: “santoun,” or “little saint”) are small hand-painted terracotta nativity scene figurines produced in the Provence region of southeastern France.

What is Les santons de Provence?

Santons are hand-painted clay figurines, traditional to Provence. These small unassuming ornaments were first made during the time of the French Revolution and were a way of defying the government.

What do santons represent?

A Santon (sounds like sonn-tonn) is a small, handmade clay figurine. The characters typically represent vegetable sellers, bakers, men selling chestnuts, local dignitaries, or other personalities from daily village life.

Who is Louis Lagnel?

Jean-Louis Lagnel of Marseilles had made molded figurines for the church crèches and when the churches were closed he decided to make santons for the entire population at affordable prices. He made small clay figurines in plaster molds and dried them before firing them.

What is crèche et santons de Provence?

Santon de Provence is a traditional crèche nativity figurine from Provence France. The word Santon comes from the Provençal dialect “santain” or little saint. The traditions of Provence are included in the French Christmas traditions throughout France.

How are santons made?

Santons are made of clay. They are molded in two halves pressed together. The plaster molds are all made from a first handmade model (new models are created every year). After being removed from the mold, santons are dried for several weeks before being fired in a traditional kiln.

What do you associate with Les Santons?

Santons, derived from the Provençal word santoun meaning little saint, are small painted clay figurines that are used to decorate Christmas Nativity crèches (cribs) in Provence in South-East France.

Are santons still popular today?

The traditional styles are still the most popular but there are some modern versions as well. Each “santonnier” (santon maker) has his or her speciality and style. Of course you need to put all of these little saints in the proper setting.

What are santon dolls?

Santons are hand-painted, terracotta nativity scene doll like figurines, from southeastern France. There are about 55 different people, from various characters in the typical Provençal village.

What do the French drink at Christmas?

Festive French cocktails include Kir Royale, a gorgeous ruby-hued drink made from Champagne and Crème de Cassis or blackcurrant liqueur. Another classic is a Sidecar made with citrusy Cointreau and Cognac.

What do French eat at Christmas?

The dishes that make a real French Christmas feast

  • CAVIAR.
  • OYSTERS.
  • LOBSTER.
  • FOIE GRAS.
  • ESCARGOTS.
  • COQUILLES SAINT JACQUES.
  • ROAST TURKEY WITH CHESTNUT STUFFING.
  • ALL KINDS OF BIRDS AND WILD FOWL.

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