Holiday At Home: Louisiana Christmas Traditions

As the holiday good times roll on so do the  at home favorites. From parish to parish and festival to festival, Louisiana Christmas traditions light up a festive holiday season.

Acadian Village~ photo: Meg McKinney

Holiday at home in Louisiana themed decorations, lights, treasures, treats, and reminders find their way into my holiday thoughts and decor.

From  mid November through early January, 2013 the Natchitoches, Louisiana Landmark Historic District along the Cane River is illuminated in over 300,000 Christmas lights and 100 riverbank set pieces in celebration of the Christmas Festival of Lights. Shopping, dining, antiquing, horse drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, and legendary fireworks displays each Saturday night make this one of the most anticipated traditions of the holiday season.

Sleigh Ride by the Louisiana born, raised, and swingin’  Harry Connick, Jr.

These vintage snaps are blasts from Louisiana Christmas past of my mother and brother, uncles and cousins and yours truly with the Claus.

Dave the Builder and I took a Christmas light walking tour through our neighborhood a couple of evenings ago, and this Christmas nativity display captured the essence of the season for both of us.

The large glass pine cone and Santa ornaments cast a vintage feel, taking me straight back to the country Christmases spent at my maternal grandmother’s house.

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New Orleans knows how to throw a  party and a holiday celebration! No trip to New Orleans, the French Quarter, and the French Market would be complete without a visit to Aunt Sally’s Creole Pralines Shop. Believe me, Christmas time is the perfect time for a box or two of New Orleans’ signature candy. Ca c’est bon, y’all!

My small but cherished collection of hand-painted Louisiana cypress Santas add a dash of Louisiana seasoning to the holiday scheme each year.

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Do you incorporate a touch of at home in your holiday decor and celebrations?

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O Christmas Tree! Your Designer, Luscious, Unique, Vintage, Fun, Funky, Classic And Bare Branches Delight Us!

Exceptional ideas and  inspiration are wonderful by-products of holiday decorating.  These unique interpretations of the season speak magnificently for themselves, and hopefully offer unique and inspiring Christmas tree decoration ideas.

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On the first day of Christmas…  Ornaments inspired by nature adorn the branches of a pear tree uniquely positioned in this formal living room.

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All wrapped up in gray silk and delicate delight.

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Polished Polish perfection in glimmering shades of gold.

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Charlie Brown, your grown-up Christmas tree is beautifully displayed in Traditional Home.

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Christian Dior creative director John Galliano creates Christmas wonder at Claridge’s.

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 All I want for Christmas is a pop of color.

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Vintage collections upon the tree and shelves~

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Cookies, ribbon candy, and gumdrops along with strings of popcorn and cranberries evoke memories of Christmas past.

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Bay leaves edged with gold cast a pristine presence and natural beauty.

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Pencil trees in pairs and pattern.

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There is something so festive about monkeying around in a pink room.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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A glowing review for this circa 1946 photograph of Charles Eames, designer extraordinaire, with a Christmas tree made of molded plywood chair legs.

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All that glitters is gorgeous, grapevine, and gold gilt.

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 Festively flocked and perfectly perched.

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All the colors of the festive foyer accessories are represented in this tabletop Christmas tree.  Less can be so much more.

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In all its traditional regal red and gorgeous gold glory.

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Pages as leaves, words as inspiration, simplicity as beauty.

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Fresh greens, candlelight, and a skirt of apples eloquently convey the message step into Christmas!

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