Bûche de Noël Contest Highlights French Culture

Thank you to all the French students who participated in the Bûche de Noël Contest 2017. As usual, you did a wonderful job representing the French Culture while adding to the Holidays spirit in our school.  Bravo!
Thank you to all the French students who participated in the Bûche de Noël Contest 2017. As usual, you did a wonderful job representing the French Culture while adding to the Holidays spirit in our school. Bravo!
Sakayan, Lauren and Katherine Gotard, and Walt Whitman French Teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar.
Sakayan, Lauren and Katherine Gotard, and Walt Whitman French Teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar.

Walt Whitman French Teacher Dr. Geralde Eikenaar 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. “The tradition at Whitman continues for its seventeenth year,” said Dr. Eikenaar.  "We had each grade level represented, and it’s nice to see that our students as young as 6th-grade who are interested in pursuing the French language following our traditions here at Whitman.”

This year French Language students reenacted the tradition, and a panel of hungry judges conferred and awarded the 2017 bûche de Noël first-place award to Lauren and Katherine Gotard.