Bûche de Noël Contest Highlights French Culture

Proud Whitman junior Mohammad Jalili and French Teacher Dr. Eikenaar-Klang with Whitman Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos enjoy a congratulatory moment.
Proud Whitman junior Mohammad Jalili and French Teacher Dr. Eikenaar-Klang with Whitman Assistant Principal Mr. Jon Varlamos enjoy a congratulatory moment.
Desirée Chouinard with her prize winning cake.
Desirée Chouinard with her prize winning cake.
Aidan Hoskey also takes home his prize cake for his family to enjoy.
Aidan Hoskey also takes home his prize cake for his family to enjoy.
French Language students picked up their cake entries after school on Monday.
French Language students picked up their cake entries after school on Monday.

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 French Language students reenacted the tradition, and a panel of hungry judges conferred and awarded the 2014 bûche de Noël first-place award to junior Mohammad Jalili.

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

3rd prize: Cake # Aidan Hoskey

2nd prize: Cake # Desirée Chouinar