In a small town outside Paris, the people of Les Enfants Terribles are celebrating Christmas.
They’re wearing colourful Christmas wreaths, with tinsel and ribbons decorating the shop front.
But this is not just a celebration of Christmas, or even a traditional holiday.
In Les Enfields, the holiday tradition is now being brought to life with the help of a small but growing number of entrepreneurs and local charities.
“It’s the people, not the shops, who are organising the holiday.
We want to create an event that will be unique,” says Marielle Guillou.
She has helped organise the festival for the past year, but has noticed that the festival is growing.
She says the demand for the festival has been so strong that she’s had to start organising it at the same time as other events.
Marieline Guillu says she started organising the Christmas festival in 2016, but it was difficult to get the word out to the community because of the fear of what would happen if the police showed up. “
I started with a small number of people and I’ve been working with them for the last year, to make sure we have something that people can actually enjoy,” she says.
Marieline Guillu says she started organising the Christmas festival in 2016, but it was difficult to get the word out to the community because of the fear of what would happen if the police showed up.
“If you don’t organise, they come, they make their way to the neighbourhood and they attack you.
You get attacked by a dog,” she explains.
But she has had some success.
Last year, the event attracted about 600 people, and the organisers say it has grown by 25 per cent in the past two years.
Last week, the festival was also one of the first events organised in the country to benefit the children of Les Entfants Terrribles, who have been at the forefront of a movement to end child abuse and violence against children in France.
The festival aims to raise awareness of child abuse in the area, as well as provide children with the tools they need to help their communities.
But it also aims to give the children a way to make a positive contribution to society.
Les Enfield has a population of about 12,000 people, but this year, more than half of them are children.
“This festival helps us, we can give them an opportunity to be involved in the community, so that they will continue to grow, and also help to support them in the future,” says Guillue.
With the help from the local charities and businesses, the Christmas Festival is being held this year at the village of Le Meunier.
It’s the second year the festival will be held in the small town.
Last October, the local mayor organised the event, and he says that the turnout is phenomenal.
“There were some people who wanted to come, but we had to limit it because of safety reasons,” he says.
“The children had to leave, but they were also happy to be here.”
The festival takes place every year on December 23.
“What makes Christmas so special is the fact that everyone comes together to enjoy themselves,” says Martine Guillon, the founder of the festival.
“For a little bit of time, we’re making a difference.”
Martine says she’s always dreamed of becoming a Christmas merchant, but she had to learn a lot of different things about making a living.
“When you come to a village, you have no idea what to expect, but the idea of making a profit and enjoying yourself makes you realise how good it is,” she adds.
It was the idea to hold a Christmas festival that inspired her to launch her own business.
“In the beginning, it was just to make some money, and now we want to make this a business that will support other families,” she said.
Martine, who is married with three children, started her business in 2016 and has since started raising money for children’s charities and also for the children themselves.
“My business is very special, and I am grateful to be able to do this,” she told the local news website BFM.
“These children have no one to look after them, they have no money to go to school and they don’t have a home, so what they need is a Christmas, to be together with someone, to enjoy the Christmas and to have a festive time together.”
She has had to work hard to make it happen, but now, with the support of her business, she has a thriving business and her own Christmas Festival.
She is grateful for all the help she’s received from the community.
“As I’m telling you, I’m grateful for every penny I’ve received, but I’m also very grateful for the support that I’m getting from people,” she concludes.