Although France is a strictly, indeed stridently, secular society, outlawing symbols of religious belief and turning Happy Christmasses into Happy Holidays so as not offend the sensitivities of ethnic/religious groups or vegetarians, Animal liberationists, Witches, Rastafarians, members of the Co-op etc, the odd glimpse of that old time religion slips in.
Hot feet from France comes the image of Mr P and his fellow classmates celebrating Epiphany. The crowns commemorate the Kings from the East (and not just left over Christmas, er, sorry, Holiday Crackers) A bit of political correctness has crept in as some of the Kings are Queens. Not biblically accurate as there were no females in that party-they had been left behind to do the washing up according to revisionist historians. However the Angel which appeared to the Shepherds may well have been a female. A bloke would have looked silly in a white dress, with glitter on the wings and wearing tinsel. And the Shepherds would have cracked up at such an apparition thus missing the central message
PS an alert bloggee has noted that the school dog is also wearing a crown-a Wise Cur from the East, one assumes. It was about then that the Arabic/Amharic proverb was coined ' Kelb mush faqt fi Id al Milad'
-a Dog is not just for Christmas-for Epiphany as well it seems. They looked after their pets in them days