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Dec 31

The New Year is Fast Approaching

Le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre (New Year’s Eve)

The New Year (le nouvel an) is fast approaching. 

In France, as elsewhere, New Year’s Eve (called le réveillon du jour de l’an) is typically celebrated with friends. It’s common to celebrate the new year with champagne and fireworks. But did you know that, unlike in English, New Year’s Eve also has a different name?

In French, New Year’s Eve is also known as le réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre.

But who was Saint Sylvester?

Bonne Annee

Saint Sylvester was Pope (Pape) from 314 to 335 AD. Not much is known about his life, although the church grew in power during his tenure, erecting such monuments as Santa Croce in Jerusalem and the old Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Most of our common knowledge about Saint Sylvester is through unverified (and potentially fictional) stories about his relationship with the Emperor Constantine. One fictitious story stated that, upon administering blessed water, Sylvester cured Constantine of leprosy. Supposedly, it was Sylvester’s miracle that influenced Constantine to convert to Christianity.

The Feast of Saint Sylvester is celebrated around the world on December 31, because this was the day he died in 335. Today, many countries around the world, and not just France, refer to New Year’s Eve as Silvester, or a similar name in tribute of the ancient pope. For example, in Germany, Christian households traditionally celebrate Saint Sylvester’s Day by melting Silvesterblei (Silvester lead) in a spoon and dropping it into cold water, then divining the year ahead based on the shape of the cooled metal. In Switzerland, men dress as Silvesterklaus and ring large bells to welcome in the new year. 

In France, la Saint Sylvestre is celebrated with friends, good food, champagne, and firecrackers or noisemakers. But there is one more tradition that is often reserved for this special day: le baiser sous le gui (kissing under the mistletoe). Unlike in some Anglophone cultures, where kissing under the mistletoe is a Christmas tradition, this ancient ritual is reserved for la Saint-Sylvestre in France. 

Bonne année!

Blog submitted by: David at The French Property Network - Cle France.

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Dec 23

Merry Christmas to all - Joyeux Noel

I just wanted to send a quick note to wish you an enjoyable Christmas.

Your interest and visits to our website are very much appreciated.

Best wishes to you from all of us here at Cle France.

We wish you and your family a 'Joyeux Noel'.

Merry Christmas from Cle France

We are open 24/7 on-line so keep enjoying all the beautiful French property for sale and all our information about buying a house in France as usual on the website, but we may take a few days to get back to you if you send in any questions / requests over the Christmas period as we too will be enjoying the festive period with our feet up!

Oh! and we have lots of new agents starting in January and around 2,000 extra new listings to add to our portfolio from January 2nd onward.

Sharon Evans
Founder of Cle France

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Dec 23

Christmas Opening Hours

Why Christmas is so busy for Currency

A lot of people will be looking to take some time off over the Christmas and New Year period.

However it is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for people looking for properties abroad.

I guess the cold weather and time indoors gets people thinking about buying a holiday home or a complete relocation overseas.

It’s one area we can definitely help you with.

If you would like to talk about a currency strategy for buying an overseas property safely (even with Brexit), please get in touch with us on 01872 487 500 UK.

Our Key Currency office will remain open every working day.

Or if you would simply like a quick quote - Click here for a free quote

Opening Hours

We are staying open almost as normal throughout the Christmas period, except the public holidays.

If you need any help or wish to trade, it is not too late!

Monday 23rd December
OPEN 8.30am - 5.30pm

Tuesday 24th December
OPEN 8.30am - 1.00pm

25th - 26th December
Closed - Public Holidays

Friday 27th December
OPEN 8.30am – 5.30pm

Monday 30th December
OPEN 8.30am – 5.30pm

Tuesday 31st December
OPEN 8.30am – 1.00pm

Wednesday 1st January
Closed - Public Holiday

Thursday 2nd January (onwards)
OPEN 8.30am – 5.30pm

Merry Christmas!

Kind regards, 
David Evans 
Co-Founder of Cle France

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Dec 21

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année - Merry Christmas to all

Best wishes to everyone from all of us here at Cle France, we wish everyone 'Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année'....

We are open 24/7 on-line so keep enjoying all the beautiful French property for sale and all our information about buying a house in France as usual on the website, but we may take a few days to get back to you if you send in any questions / requests over the Christmas period as we too will be enjoying the festive period with our feet up!

Merry Christmas

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Click on any or all of the above to make sure you get up to the minute news on all things to do with French Property and you don't miss that perfect French home you are searching for.

Cle France wish everyone 'Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année'.

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Dec 13

You Have Got to Love a Christmas Market

FC Exchange

Learn more about Christmas markets in France like the one pictured above in Strasbourg.

For everything you need to know about French property visit www.clefrance.co.uk

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