Québec – Canada’s second most populous province and only one to have French as its only official language. It has a culture of its own, which can been seen in the Christmas traditions celebrated by Québécois in their homeland and abroad.
As Santa gets set to land in la belle province, it’s important to note that he isn’t known by that name there, but instead as Père Noël
, or Father Christmas. To wish local residents who speak French a “Merry Christmas,” Santa will have to say, “Joyeux Noël
A popular food Père Noël
can look forward to this Christmas Eve is tourtière
, a traditional meat pie made with beef, pork, veal, potatoes, onions and other ingredients. Each region – and family – has its own way to make the dish. For a basic flavour of the “nation within a nation,” here’s a recipe for French Canadian Tourtière
If tourtière isn’t your thing – or is just too complicated – you can always try your hand at the mainstay Poutine
. Make sure your curds are fresh for extra squeakiness.