As Saint Stephen’s Day is only celebrated in the Alsace-Moselle region, the rest of France still goes to work and their normal activities. In the Alsace-Moselle region, many celebrate by attending special church services and a feast.
Meals of leftovers are eaten in order to represent Saint Stephen’s generosity to the poor. It is considered improper to cook new meals on this day due to the traditions based on Saint Stephen’s generosity. Saint Stephen’s Day in France is celebrated with friends and family by eating leftover turkey or ham from the Christmas meal the day before along with wine that is served in the region. Some seafood is also served if there is any leftover from the Christmas meal as well.
Tips for Traveling to France during St. Stephen's Day
Many businesses and restaurants are closed in the Alsace-Moselle region on Saint Stephen’s Day. Check the hours if you plan on visiting on Saint Stephen’s Day and make sure the business or restaurant will be open when you’re there. Plan to eat leftovers you may have from the day before as it is considered rude and improper to cook new meals.