Sunday Night Check-In: It’s Christmas, Y’all …. NOLA-Style

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I had a Louisiana Christmas blog post created in my head earlier this afternoon. I drove out to my sister’s house for a short visit this afternoon. I got held up by an out-of-control redneck Christmas parade, and it took over 3 hours to make the usually 1 hour and 45 minute drive. I wrote the blog in my head on the way home. I was inspired by Christmas customs all over Louisiana. But the blog is going to have to wait. I’m beat.

My weekend consisted of a late-night attempt to set up a garage sale with my sister-in-law Friday night, and I had to get up early Saturday for the sale. Last night, I drove over to New Orleans to do Christmas New Orleans-style in City Park. I’ll tell you more about it later, but we had a blast dining in the French Quarter, riding the trolley to the park and seeing the lights. I didn’t get home until 1 AM. My body clock woke me up after five hours of sleep, so I was tired from the starting gun this morning.  I cleaned my house and departed on my Cottonport journey. Too little sleep and too much partying have me feeling like I got run over by a reindeer.

I was determined to cook something healthy for dinner, so I made some quinoa topped with white beans, poblano peppers, brussels sprouts and sliced zucchini. Hopefully it will be what the doctor ordered. I bought grapefruit and sweet potatoes on the way home from Cottonport, and I plan to get lots of Vitamins C and A this week. It feels great to be in a clean house with most of my clothes washed and a pot full of nutritious food ready for Monday. It’s going to feel even better to get in the bed early and hopefully fall into a deep sleep.

Y’all have a good week. Enjoy some of my Christmas celebration this weekend by checking out the Celebration in the Oaks at City Park in New Orleans. It was lovely. Hopefully my sense of humor will return after a good night’s sleep.

Even the walk to the event was beautiful. These lighted swans reflected off the water caught my attention.

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And this ship floating on the black lake…..

And this ship floating on the black lake.

But my favorite part was this beautiful old Live Oak tree bedecked in white lights with large ‘dripping’ white drops falling on our heads. It was magical.

The Cajun Twas the Night Before Christmas was lovely with its alligator-driven sleigh. The poem was read while the lighted scenes created the story.

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 I loved the train garden. Beautiful little scenes with running trains could have entertained me for hours.

 

It was just beautiful ….. Merry Christmas, Y’all. Get your shopping done so you can just enjoy the festivities whether its a redneck Christmas parade, a winter lights’ display or your own special tradition. It only comes once a year.

 

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