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News Release 214

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 20, 2014 Volume 42-14-214 

Traditional French Christmas at Felix Vallé House State Historic Site Dec. 7

Jefferson City, Mo. - Visitors to the Felix Vallé House State Historic Site will be able to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a traditional French Christmas of the early 1800s on Sunday, Dec. 7. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event is part of Le Réveillon, Ste. Genevieve’s annual celebration highlighting the music, customs, and crafts of an early French Colonial Christmas. Guests can view the house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Felix Valle State Historic Site will feature traditional, historic decorations. Dulcimer player Rick Thum will play French carols and traditional holiday music from 2-5 p.m. Scents of native pine and fruit will fill the rooms, which will be lit by candles in the late afternoon and evening. Costumed guides will be available to explain the holiday customs of the early French settlers.

In the dining room of the Felix Vallé home, site staff will recreate réveillon, a traditional French feast commonly held after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Typical foods served in the early 19th century will be featured and samples of bûche de Noël, a sweet rendition of the yule log, will be served.

The Felix Vallé House State Historic Site is located at Second and Merchant streets in Ste. Genevieve. For more information, call the site at 573-883-7102. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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