In the first sentence, "la tempête [...] a frappé notre village à Noël," why do we use "à" here? Can you say, "la tempête a frappé le Noël"? Is "à" used with all holidays, e.g., "la tempête a frappé à Paques," etc.?
Freeform Writing Exercise C1
As Chris says, you have to use à with some celebration days like Christmas.
Take a look at the following lessons with examples of lots of them -
Which prepositions to use with celebration days - like Christmas - in French
Which prepositions to use with name days - like Saint Valentine's Day - in French
Hope this helps!
No, you need the preposition à in this case. Otherwise, Noel could be taken as a direct object, whereas it actually is an indirect object ("...the storm hit Christmas" versus "...the strom hit at Christmas").
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