Christmas in Alsace
Alsace is long on Christmas tradition; the town of Sélestat calls itself the Christmas tree town. The first written record of the selling of a Christmas tree was recorded in the local Humanistic Library, in 1521. In Strasbourg, for the last 400years or so, a Christmas market is held throughout the old part of the city during the month of December. Lastly, the town of Gertwiller likes to call itself the "Capital of Gingerbread." Since the middle ages its bakers have been baking, you guessed it, Gingerbread! For more information and short videos see, http://www.santatelevision.com/world/en0212/en0212.html.
Yes, believe it or not, I voted in the election of Prud'Hommes (Labor Judges). As someone that has the right to work in France I have the right to vote for a set of labor judges who represent employees in labor disputes. Employers also vote for a set of labor judges to represent them.
The French government on December 20, 2002 announced a new set of measures that it hopes to enact to make French roads and highways safer. They include a three-year probationary license for new drivers, a 35-minute driving test, as opposed to the current 20-minute test, paying fines first, then appealing, and reinforcing police in their policing of the roads and highways.
January 1st not only brings in the new year it also marks the one-year anniversary of the euro. Yes, the euro has been around since January 1, 1999 but only in electronic form. January 1, 2002 paper money was introduced. People were able to touch and feel the new euros.