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Christmas in Bayou Country!

Joyeux NoŽl
Bayou towns†can be found†all over the State of Louisiana!† They are not†
just located in the geographical†area of South Louisiana known as
"Cajun Country," as all of Louisiana is not Cajun.
Children in the bayou towns of Louisiana are filled with anticipation as the
Christmas season begins, very much the same as the†children all over the
country.† It's a little different, however,†in those bayou towns as Santa
doesn't†arrive the usual, customary†way.† He†comes to town†at dusk†by boat
traveling along the†chilly waters of†the blue bayous.† His boat, all lit up with
Christmas lights and decorations, is something to behold!††
Families gather along the shores near the docks and sing their favorite old†
Christmas carols as Santa makes his way up the winding bayous.† Excitement
fills the air as the lights from his boat are spotted off†in the distance. When he
finally docks,†there is an elaborately decorated,†community-built float, or
sometimes†just a simple†decorated truck, to take him to†his central†destination
where he greets all the boys and girls and gives†each one†a little gift to help
start†their Christmas holidays with a BANG!†
His trip to town†doesn't stop there!† Before he†winds†down†his night, he†visits†
nearby hospitals and nursing homes, as families and children continue their
celebration of this joyous annual event well into the night!† It's not complete
without Good Louisiana†Food, Music, and Dancing!

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Christmas morn†is much the same here†in the bayou towns†as†
children awaken†at the crack of dawn to find†their gifts†Santa
has left the night before.
(Click thumbnails below to view full size photos)

Indian Bayou United Methodist Chuch Saint Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church
Indian Bayou United Methodist Church
Indian Bayou, LA
(December 1997)
Saint Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church
Founded in 1795
Mother Church of the Acadians
St. Martinville, LA
(December 1997)

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