In France, the Christmas period could vary depending on the region and could stretch from the beginning of December to Candlemas. More often it meant the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany.

Depending on the region, this period could take on different names: Calendo in Provence, Chalende in Dauphiné, Nadal in Languedoc, Nan in Anjou, Poitou, Charente, Nedelec in Brittany, and the best known of all: Noël.
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