Bûche de Noël Sets Participation Record

Left to right: Whitman Principal Kathie Acker; Cinthya Ramos- 1st prize; Kathleen Dugan- 2nd prize; Claudia Rodriguez- 3rd prize; and Dr. Eikenaar-Klang.
Left to right: Whitman Principal Kathie Acker; Cinthya Ramos- 1st prize; Kathleen Dugan- 2nd prize; Claudia Rodriguez- 3rd prize; and Dr. Eikenaar-Klang.
If tradition still holds, Principal Acker gets to take home the winning cake. Proud Freshman Cinthya Ramos and Ms. Acker enjoy a congratulatory moment.
If tradition still holds, Principal Acker gets to take home the winning cake. Proud Freshman Cinthya Ramos and Ms. Acker enjoy a congratulatory moment.

Walt Whitman French Teacher Dr. Eikenaar-Klang describes an ancient French tradition dating back to the Middle Ages of burning a log from Christmas Eve until New Year’s Day. It is said that farmers then used part of the log to attract a good harvest for the year.

Today, the tradition still lives on. But in modern times the log burning has evolved into the tradition of making a log-shaped cake called the bûche de Noël, or Christmas log. The log cake is served alongside many other pastries during Le Réveillon, a late supper held after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This tradition started as a simple meal of biscuits and a hot drink but eventually evolved into a grand feast. The meals vary from region to region but are all equally lavish.

This year a new record was set as sixty-six French Language students reenacted the tradition, and a panel of hungry judges conferred and awarded the 2013 bûche de Noël first-place award to freshman Cinthya Ramos.

Thank you to all the French students who participated in the Bûche de Noël Contest 2013. As usual, you did a wonderful job representing the French Culture while adding to the Holidays spirit in our school.  Bravo!

3rd prize: Cake # 1, Claudia Rodriguez, 10th grade

2nd prize: Cake # 7, Kathleen Dugan, 9th grade

1st. prize: Cake # 10, Cinthya Ramos, 9th grade