Dis-moi Papa Noel- Uplifting French Song

One of my favourite French singers, Claude Barzotti, released a beautiful Christmas song in 1993.

The lyrics implore Santa to forget about bringing toys for the kids. Rather, Santa should focus on the adults.

The young girl who accompanies Claude also implores Santa to focus on the adults.


As the lyrics go, the adults are in desperate need of Santa.

Given what is happening in the world lately, this song is becoming a prayer for me.


My very basic translation in Italics.

Claude: (the singer)

Emporte dans ta hotte des paquets pleins d’amour : bring packages full of love

Invente-nous des notes à crever les tambours: invent musical notes that would shatter the drums (of war) 

Donne-nous du bon sens, donne-nous de la foi: give us wisdom and faith

Et de la tolérance et du respect de soi: tolerance and self respect.

L’ENFANT: (the child)

Je compte sur toi Père Noël je ne sais plus quoi faire: I am counting on you as I no longer know what to do.

Lorsque les grands s’en mêlent j’ai peur de leur colère: when the grownups get involved, I am wary of their anger.

J’ai besoin pour grandir, d’un peu de liberté: I need a bit of freedom to grow up.

De règles et de sourires et de sécurité: I need rules, smiles and security.

My favourite lines:

Et de tout respecter et même l’ennemi: help us to respect everyone, even our enemies.

Dis-leur Papa Noël, que notre terre est belle: tell them Santa that our earth is beautiful.

Qu’on ne fait pas la guerre pour un mot , une frontière: That they do not start wars over a word or a border.


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After graduating with a Major in Journalism, Mireille’s career path took an unexpected turn away from her beloved pen and paper. It took an equally unexpected turn of events for Mireille to start writing again.After spending many hours (too many!) watching super hero cartoons with her son, she realized that most Christian children are unaware of their superpowers!She set about creating the SuperHolies: the Fruits of the Holy Spirit re-imagined as superpowers to grab the children’s attention and teach them about their faith and its glory.


  • December 27, 2016

    This idea reminds me a bit of Amy Grant’s “My Grown-Up Christmas List”.


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