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French Customs Children put their shoes in front of the fireplace so that Père Noël: Father Christmas will fill them with gifts. Candy, fruit, nuts and small toys are hung on the le sapin de noël: Christmas tree. Père Fouettard gives out spankings to bad children In 1962, a law was passed decreeing that all letters written to Santa would responded to with a postcard. When a class writes a letter, each student gets a response. (8)

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