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. “This contest has been a tradition at Walt Whitman for 20 years now,” said Dr. Eikenaar. "This tradition brings joy to many and adds a festive spirit to our community.”
Thank you to all of Whitman’s students who participated in this year’s Bûche de Noël Contest. And to each person who bought a raffle ticket, we truly appreciate your contribution. Students, as usual, you did an amazing job showcasing your talents and creativity!
The winners of the raffle are:
First Prize: Lillian O'Phelan
Second Prize: Sam Rodriguez
Third Prize: Porter Chetty
The winners of the Bûche de Noël 2021 Contest are:
1st Prize: Cake #6 Salma Laraki and Ismael Laraki
2nd Prize: Cake #25 Elana Denis
3rd Prize: Cake #18 Harper Garvey