Christmas Eve in Cajun Country

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 Christmas Eve in Cajun Country


It's Christmas Eve on the Mississippi River ya'll and there is a party going on in the "River Parishes"!

When you live on the river and the bayous of South Louisiana, fog can be tough for Papa Noel to see where he is going, either by sleigh and reindeer or by boat with his gators.

The bonfires are planned and built months in advance. This tradition has roots all the way back to European harvest festivals.

The traditional bonfires are teepee shaped, and they are the culture of Christmas along the river near Grammercy, Lutcher, Vacherie and Paulina Louisiana.

Traditional Bonfires

Today's bonfires are literally a work of art.

This creation is a Pelican, the Louisiana State Bird, who is feeding her young. This bonfire was attracting huge crowds!

Pelican Bonfire



People travel from New Orleans and the surrounding areas to view the lighting of the bonfires. There are bus tours, paddlewheel boat excursions, cars and by foot. 

The parties are private, and are held in homes along the river. Cajun delicacies are the food of choice: andouille gumbo, crawfish bisque, oyster dressing are just a few of the samplings.

crawfish bread

Everyone is there to "pass a good time". The bonfires lighting begins at 7:30 p.m and the Christmas Eve party will commence.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!




Comments (14)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

faye schubert very nice photos. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Dec 24, 2018 03:52 PM
faye schubert

Thanks! It was a nice December day on the river today. Massive crowds gathering for the bonfire lighting.

Dec 24, 2018 03:56 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2018 04:02 PM
faye schubert

Thanks! It sure is warmer than Missouri right now.

Dec 24, 2018 04:20 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Faye.

When I lived in Texarkana, we visited Shreveport a lot.  Gumbo and crawfish are on my  list of basic food groups

Dec 25, 2018 02:26 AM
faye schubert

The food groups certainly are different in Louisiana!

Dec 25, 2018 05:35 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, how fun, Faye! I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the bonfires and the amazing fare too!

I hope you and yours had the merriest of Christmases!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2018 07:51 PM
faye schubert

thanks! I hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas. Now on to LSU beating UCF in the Fiesta and the Saints marching to Atlanta for the Superbowl.

Dec 27, 2018 04:14 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, thanks for sharing this with us here in the Rain.  I guess I need to get to your part of the country sometime.


Dec 27, 2018 09:41 AM
faye schubert

South Louisiana has some unique traditions, with such a mixture of cultures in a big gumbo pot!

Dec 27, 2018 04:13 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

faye schubert - South Louisiana celebrates the holiday in the most unusual and fun way for everyone to stay focused, come together, and enjoy the festivities and food while waiting for Papa Noel! I never heard of these traditions before and must say, it sounds like a lot of fun!


Dec 29, 2018 08:05 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi faye schubert - I would never have know about this tradition had I not seen your post. What a great way to celebrate with a rich history dating back to Europe.  

Dec 31, 2018 06:04 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Best wishes for good health and continued success in the new year.

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Jan 02, 2019 05:10 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

How fun! This is a new one for me. I had not heard of this tradition.

Jan 02, 2019 10:18 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are having a productive week. We have cold weather in Maryland.

Jan 10, 2019 07:15 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Faye - I have had a restaurant client in Bayu area that specializes in Cajun seafood.  Wonderful traditions.

Feb 25, 2019 04:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I hope all is going well for you.

Mar 17, 2019 05:53 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Faye - I hope that you are going to have a very fruitfull spring.

Mar 25, 2019 03:41 AM
faye schubert

thanks. I believe 2019 will spring forth new beginnings, new adventures and fun!

Mar 27, 2019 06:11 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hey there Faye. Thanks for the support on YouTube Thursdays. Hope you're staying busy. D

May 04, 2019 07:11 AM

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