Pere Noel is the principal gift giver in France and French territories. The name translates to either Father Christmas or Daddy Christmas when he is referred to as Papa Noel. He is very closely associated with the Catholic versions of St. Nicholas, as well as the American versions of Santa Clause. He is identified with a red robe, white beard and a workshop at the North Pole.
On Christmas Eve, children who believed would leave their shoes out by the fireplace. In the shoes, they would put carrots for Pere Noel’s donkey, Gui. The name Gui translates into something close to mistletoe in French. Much like the versions of St. Nicholas and Santa Claus, Pere Noel will leave toys and other gifts for the good children.
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