@DP : well the crÃ¨che is of course christian, but the basic idea is that Christmas falls on the Winter solstice, just like other feasts in other religions in the Northern Hemisphere (taken from my sociology course)
So I guessed that the major factor in the Legion crÃ¨ches and in the Legion Christmas feast is to unify all Legionnaires, not about a religious element (we have so many religions in the Legion) but about a universal feast (in the North, but I was told by my professor that there are equivalent feasts for the Summer Solstice in the South).
I got back to UK v late last night after a great couple of days in Paris. Eurostar was massively delayed as someone had committed suicide around 1530.
The crÃ¨che was amazing as I'm sure Loustic will concur and had been planned over 6 months by a Capitaine but with many others assisting. Afterwards my veteran friend and I were invited (he didn't come) to see Pere NoÃ«l with all the Legion parents and their many children at France's biggest circus Pinder. It was wonderful! In haste with pics etc to follow.
I liked everything I saw in Fort de Nogent, but I had very little time to "think" in front of the crÃ¨che : I was there as reservist and the CNE who is supervising me (and my studies) had warn me in advance : you can come for a "reservist weekend", but it means work and not always fun. He checked my health and the way I am now standing on my legs (he is an MD) and put me to work during the whole weekend !
In any case, I am a Legionnaire 1 Cl (R) [the R meaning "reserve"] and I am not admitted in the glorious company of the CCH !!!
Hi All, I'm guessing most of the current or ex legionnaires have built a crÃ¨che with their sections whilst serving at this time of year. How long has the tradition been around? Since Algeria? Quite a big competition by the sounds of it. I heard one budding crÃ¨che building legionnaire who at the time was based in Tahiti had a brain wave of making a lagoon with live fish in it. Collected all sorts. Great idea until the fish all kicked the bucket just before presentation!
Built one every year when I was in. Very competitive amongst the escadrons in 1ER REC, imagine it is the same in every regiment.
One of the busiest and memorial times is the Carol Concert that MPLE does. Happy days... Now feeling bloody nostalgic. Pass me a Kro someone.