Bienvenue! So happy you are joining me for a taste of my Cajun Christmas in southeast Louisiana. I’ll bet each of us has a little history or tradition from our birth place. I was listening to stories from Germany, Spain and Russia a couple of days ago. Then I took a moment to reflect on traditions that I’m sure are very unique.
Cajun Christmas traditions that mark the holidays always involve lots of laughter in the company of friends and family. Many holiday dinners include having seafood dishes like seafood gumbo and oyster dressing. Look for Cajun sausage and fried turkey—or a signature Louisiana Turducken! Bread pudding, pralines, fudge, pound cake and divinity are some of the desserts served.
Christmas Eve in Cajun country has a slightly different version of the “Night Before Christmas.” Sit back, relax and enjoy.
One other notable Cajun Christmas tradition is the lighting of the bonfires for PaPa Noel. Beautiful wooden structures are erected on the levee and set a blaze for all to enjoy.
Now that we’ve had a little laugh together, I would love to hear what’s going on in your community. Are there any traditions you’d like to share? Be sure to leave a comment below. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!