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Santa Claus - A Man of Many Faces

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Père Noël
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Père Noël also has a full white beard and he wears a long hooded robe. According to tradition, on Christmas Eve children leave their shoes by the fireplace filled with carrots and treats for Père Noël's donkey, Gui, French for "Mistletoe", before they go to bed. Père Noël takes the offerings and, if the child has been good, leaves presents in their place. Presents are traditionally small enough to fit in the shoes, such as candy, money or small toys.

Good children from France and the French speaking parts of Canada get a visit from Père Noël.

On to page 5 to meet Father Christmas.

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