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note from Nancy: I've always had an affinity for New
Orleans. I've never been there, so it's like a fantasy town
to me, more of a style, a culture, an atmosphere, than an
actual urban city. My
husband and I, for years, have talked about spending Christmas
in New Orleans. This webpage may be as close as we ever get.
I've learned so much more about the area since the storm.
I don't think I'd ever want to live there, but I still love
the style, the music, and the HEART of this great city. I've
had New Orleans themed decor in my kitchen, mugs and art,
for ages - I still want to visit someday. I hope and pray
that this historic city gets back on its feet and the residents,
that return, have many
blessed holiday seasons. Below I've listed some Lousiana based
businesses - a great place to do some shopping, and help rebuild
the area at the same time. Some
of the holiday events on this page may or may not be cancelled
due to storm damage, but I've listed them in the hopes that
they will go on as planned, and the culture of New Orleans
soon comes back to thrive.
"Jingle, Jangle, Jingle, here
comes Mr. Bingle
with another message from Kris Kringle.
Time to launch the Christmas season.
Maison Blanche makes Christmas pleasin'.
Gifts galore for you to see.
Each a gem from MB."
Sean Doles' Saving Mr. Bingle details the life of one of New Orleans' favorite Christmas traditions. Ever since 1948, Mr. Bingle has been a part of the Christmas tradition in New Orleans. The little guy was the creation of Emile Aline, a window decorator at the old Maison Blanche department store on Canal Street, and the man who made the doll come to life and gave him a voice was Edwin H. "Oscar" Isentrout, a local puppeteer. When Christmas rolled around, Maison Blanche erected the giant papier-mache mannequin in front of the store, and Mr. Bingle would perform for the kids on the third-floor stage. He even had his own television show for a time. Isentrout died in 1985, and he had to be buried in an unmarked grave. Recently, Sean Patrick Doles had written a work titled Saving Mr. Bingle: A New Orleans Christmas Fairy Tale. He is donating some of the profits to provide a gravestone for the puppeteer as well as a plaque to go on the wall of the Ritz-Carlton, the site of the old Maison Blanche. - BLAKE PONTCHARTRAIN™
What? is a Mr. Bingle you say?
Bingleland! A memorial tribute to Mr. Bingle, Oscar Isentrout, and Emile Alline - For friends, fans, historians and collectors of this New Orleans cultural icon doll named Mr.Bingle, a southern Christmas tradition for years. With historical vintage photos.
Noël à la Nouvelle-Orléans, c'est magique
|There are a large range of festivities at “Christmas New Orleans Style” Free nightly concerts at St. Louis Cathedral presented by local musicians; cruising the Mississippi on a paddlewheel steamer singing Christmas carols; watching the blazing lights of bonfires along the levees; carriage rides under New Orleans’ stately moss-draped oaks; running into Papa Noel and Mary Christmas as they roam the French Quarter; tours of antebellum homes; children’s crafts workshops and even teas; free cooking demonstrations by the city’s best chefs. The town gets behind the festival by offering prix fixe dinners that take guests through a traditional holiday Reveillon dinner, and hotels, eager to pump up winter trade, offer attractive “Papa Noel” rates well below rack. - New Orleans: A Crescent City Christmas|
A Louisiana tradition for more than 2 centuries, the feux de joie (fires of joy) bonfires are set ablaze to light "Papa Noel's" way down to the bayous. Along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, locals build teepees, houses, riverboats, and cabins on the levees. Building for more than a month, some of the structures are very elaborate and detailed, rising more than 40 feet in the air. In recent years there have been almost 100 fires burning along the levees. New Orleans, Louisiana Travel Guide
The Annual Festival of the Bonfires is held at the Knights of Columbus Fairgrounds in Lutcher, LA.
Glittering Oaks and Bonfires on the Levee: A Creole Christmas
If you're looking for a little Creole to season your
A Creole Christmas Life is Merry in New Orleans!
David Michael Burrow Christmas
in Dixie Travelogue
- Gulf Coast & New Orleans, 2001
morning-it was December, I think, a cold Sunday with a sad gray sun-I
went up through the Quarter to the old market where, at that time
of year, there are exquisite winter fruits, sweet satsumas, twenty
cents a dozen, and winter flowers, Christmas poinsettia and snow japonica.
New Orleans streets have long, lonesome perspectives; in empty hours
their atmosphere is like a Chirico, and things innocent, ordinarily
(a face behind the slanted light of shutters, nuns moving in the distance,
a fat dark arm lolling lopsidedly out some window, a lonely black
boy squatting in an alley, blowing soap bubbles and watching sadly
as they rise to burst), acquire qualities of violence."
—Truman Capote, Local Color, 1946
"The houses’ chief beauty is the deep, warm, varicolored
stain with which time and the weather have enriched the plaster. It
harmonizes with all the surroundings, and has as natural a look of
belonging there as has the flush upon sunset clouds. This charming
decoration cannot be successfully imitated; neither is it to be found
elsewhere in America."
—Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883.
RECIPES & MENU IDEAS
Reveillon in New Orleans A nineteenth century Creole tradition is still celebrated in New Orleans with the famed "Reveillon" dinners. Originally enjoyed after Midnight Mass at St. Louis Cathedral, these elaborate meals broke the religious fast that had lasted throughout the day. In present day New Orleans, Reveillion is celebrated nightly during the Christmas season, with many restaurants preparing special menus for the occasion.
Derived from the French word for 'awakening,' reveillon originally was a meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Early New Orleans was almost entirely Catholic, and virtually the entire community would participate in these ceremonies. Families would return from the late-night service famished and set upon a feast prepared in advance and laid out on the table or sideboard. A typical early reveillon menu looked very much like breakfast, with egg dishes, breads and puddings, but could also include turtle soup, oysters and grillades of veal. Naturally, the Creoles accompanied these rich repasts with wines, cordials and other fortified drinks. The dinners could last for many hours, and by some accounts even until dawn Reveillon Dinners: Awakening the Holiday Spirit One Feast at a Time
Pat O's Courtyard Restaurant
Mixed Greens - With tart Stilton cheese, rich roasted chestnuts,
sweet pears and bacon-apple cider vinaigrette
Cream of Leek and Potato Soup
Slow-Simmered Boneless Duck Breast - With caramelized tasso demi-glaze route'e
Pompano New Orleans - Grilled fillet of pompano topped with shrimp, tomato concasse' tossed in herbed piquante white wine sauce
Choice of Buche de Noel or Pecan Pie
Bourbon Street Balls with
2 cup crushed or processed Nilla wafers or other vanilla flavor wafer cookies
1 cup confectioners' sugar
4 jiggers bourbon
3 tablespoons white syrup, (recommended: Karo)
Butter, for fingertips
Roughly chop 4 cups pecans in a food processor. Remove 2 cups and reserve. Finely grind the remaining pecans in the food processor. Combine finely chopped pecans, Nilla wafers, confectioners' sugar, bourbon, and syrup. Coat finger tips with softened butter to help you roll. Shape mixture into balls 1 1/2 inches in diameter using an ice cream scoop. Roll in chopped pecans. Arrange balls on a dessert platter and serve. Ask for help rolling. Four hands make very quick work of this dessert!
Emeril’s Big Boy Christmas Cookies
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room
Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer
fitted with a paddle on medium speed, scraping down the sides
of the bowl as necessary. Cream the mixture until it is smooth
and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing in between
each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat for
one minute, and add the vanilla. Combine the flour, pecans,
and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl and mix well. Add to
the butter mixture and mix on low speed until it is fully
incorporated. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the
batter is thick and creamy, about two minutes. Scrape down
the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Generously dust a large
sheet of parchment or waxed paper with flour. Spoon the dough
down the center of the paper, fold the paper tightly over
the dough, and roll into a cylinder about three inches in
diameter and 12 to 14 inches long. Refrigerate for eight hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with
parchment or waxed paper. Remove the dough from the refrigerator
and peel away the paper. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough
crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place them on the baking
sheet about 4 inches apart. Bake until lightly golden, about
20 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them
cool completely in the pan. Remove the cookies from the pan
using a spatula or thin knife. Repeat the process until all
of the dough is used. Store in an airtight container for up
to 2 weeks. Makes about 2½ dozen
La Belle Cuisine - New Orleans Christmas Cookies
Creole Christmas Fruitcake
with Whiskey Sauce
Whiskey Sauce Ingredients 3 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup bourbon 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch Instructions Combine 2-3/4 cups of the cream with the bourbon and sugar in a medium-size nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 1/4 cup cream. Add this to the cream-and-bourbon mixture and simmer stirring often, until the mixture thickens, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve warm with the fruitcake. The sauce may be stored, after it has cooled, in an airtight container for 24 hours. When ready to serve, warm over low heat.
Credits Recipe from:Emeril's Creole Christmas
[Photo: New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.]
Leading a parade through the French Quarter is Papa Noel, a blend of 18th and 19th century Creole, French and Cajun legends.
Even the poorest roofs and windows in New Orleans's Desire Street projects glow through the downpour with colored lights and orange electric candles. The light from some displays can be seen a block away. Canned-snow lettering covers windowsills with Merry Christmas messages. "It snowed once, but that was when I was a little girl," 22-year old Chiquita says, holding her three-year old, "Doo," and watching the downpour. Reformed Theological Seminary
New Orleans Style Christmas Music
1. On'da foist day'a Christmas mah Mawmaw gave'to
me a Crawfish'dey Caught in Arabi
Loyola University New Orleans College of Music
annually presents Christmas at Loyola featuring Loyola Choirs
The day starts with a flurry of pajama-clad kids
and adults opening presents with squeals of joy. With 24 folks involved,
the scene can be chaotic, but Mama Joanie sees to it that everything
runs smoothly. Following their standard Christmas Day schedule, the
group nibbles on brunch items well into the afternoon, some imbibing
a bit of Christmas cheer. Then everyone retires for a short rest.
Late in the afternoon, the family gathers for a large feast-the adults
in the beautiful dining room, the kids around their own decorated
table in the family room. True to their South Louisiana heritage,
they always enjoy stuffed mirlitons, cornbread dressing with andouille
sausage, and a twist on smoked turkey and Jezebel sauce. Pralines
round out the menu. As the day comes to an end, the entire Hartson
clan gives thanks for the abundant blessings of another wonderful
Christmas filled with treasured family memories and traditions.
--- Family Christmas in New Orleans Southern Living, Nov 2003 by Kate Nicholson
If I won da lottry for Christmas
We don't have to spend a whole bunch
I'd take up a course at Delgado
And eat at Bud's Broiler for lunch
If I won da lottry for Christmas
I'd fix all the holes in the street
I'd bring back the Jackson Brewery
Where they used to have Pontchartrain Beach
IF I WON DA LOTTRY FOR CHRISTMAS -- Benny "Grunch" Antin
Fig Street Art Studio - New Orleans Art
Many unique prints, gifts, cards, hats, shirts, stickers, and ornaments found at their Zazzle Store
Original art on commission and by appointment at the studio.
HAZELNUT - Fine Gifts & Elegant Home Accessories - New Orleans, LA
an online gallery featuring contemporary art and furniture from New Orleans and the surrounding area
Beauty from the Bayou, Cajun Certified, Louisiana Nurse Created Handcrafted
Bath, Body & Pets, Hand Poured, Gourmet Soy Candles, Pure Soy Body Products
Where's My Elf Hat?
B-Native.com is dedicated to bringing together select items that are created in New Orleans, by New Orleanians, or items that bring awareness to our city.
The New Orleans Craft Mafia consists of several independent artists in a variety of media: jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, and more.
Where Y'at? -- Local native music and t-shirts - and a website full of funny wisdom from Benny and the most authentic modern New Orleans Christmas CD "The 12 Yats of Christmas"
Samantha's Gems - A jewelry shop that supports Katrina's Angels
Buy mardi gras posters, zydeco cajun music, and New Orleans collectibles. Mardi Gras, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz posters and CDs. French Quarter Masks, Cookbooks, and more from New Orleans. neworleansproducts.com
Treat your Guests to a Delicious Louisiana
sorry this store was never able to re-open after the hurricanes
Hats, shirts, prints and more - The items are created, made and promoted by a group of native New Orleanians who lost their homes and personal possessions. 100% of the net proceeds will go to organizations dedicated to building, rebuilding or “greening” homes in New Orleans.
sorry this store was never able to re-open after the hurricanes
Great cajun food, books, Mardi Gras king cakes, gifts & more at everyday low prices!
New Orleans Showcase
Serve a TurDucKen!
- Cajun Goods 4 U
The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
Neckwear Co. Inc.
Conversation-starting New Orleans tee's
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Table of Contents:
| Christmas Party Games and Gift Exchanges | | Chocolate Gifts | - | American Made Gifts | - | Easy Decorations|
| Festive Web Graphics | - | Poems, Stories, Jokes | - | Gift Ideas for Men | - | Trees & Ornaments |
| Christmas New Orleans Style | - | Holiday Recipes | - | The Reason for the Season | - | Crafts & Home Made Gifts |
| Christmas Links | - | Winter Weddings | - | Shopping Sources |
| Christmas Music & Sounds | - | Tropical Island Christmas| - | Christmas Movies | - | Live Holiday Help & Chat |
- Halloween - Easter - Valentines - Mardi Gras - Summer Parties, Luau,