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Pere Noel - Père Noël

Spirits of Giving Around the World

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Pere Noel was the bearer of "luxuries" for French peasants in the Middle Ages. His gifts were left in wooden shoes set out by the children.
Pere Noel - Père Noël

From the Spirits of Giving Around the World Exhibit at PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA

Photo ©2000 by Albrecht & Kimberly Powell
Pere Noel, the French equivalent of the American Santa Claus, appears in a long red hooded robe edged with white fur. He carries gifts for the children of France in a basket or hote on his back. His mean-spirited alter-ego, Pere Fouchette, left only switches for bad boys and girls.

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