Canada: QUEBEC: La Fete de Noel

So wondrous an array of food turned up in la mere Miville-Dechêne's kitchen that little Gilles; 10, and Marcel, 9, could scarcely believe their eyes. There were two turkeys, a whole pig's head, great pieces of pork and ham and veal, a beef tongue, fruits, nuts, candy, piles of vegetables and a big jar of olives. Because Mme. Miville-Dechêne had done her shopping in snow-mantled Quebec City on Saturday, she had five days to get ready for la fête de Noël—first the big réveillon feast that would follow midnight Mass, and then le diner de Noë at 1 o'clock Christmas...

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