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.
At Walt Whitman High School, the great tradition of making a Bûche de Noël during the holiday season still stands strong. Even though the competition went virtual this year, the French students kept the tradition by participating in an unexpected number and managed to do an amazing job. 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 20th 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 2020 bûche de Noël winners are:
1st prize: Cake # 12, Salma and Ismael Laraki
2nd prize: Cake # 20, Lillian and Kate Ophelan
3rd prize: Cake # 19, Elana Denis
Thank you to all the French students who participated in the Bûche de Noël Contest 2020. As usual, you did a wonderful job representing the French Culture while adding to the Holidays spirit in our school. Congratulations to the winners!
Joyeux Noël et Joyeuses fêtes à tous.