Wow, if there’s one place that knows how to decorate for the holidays, it has to be New Orleans, whether its Mardi Gras or Christmastime, they really do it up right. Surrounded by the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, and Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans was originally was a huge cypress swamp.
In the early 20th century, engineers designed a system of pumps to drain the land, then built canals, levees and floodwalls to keep the city dry. Its amazing traditions, over the top decorations, and uninhibited celebrating create the perfect setting for the holidays. But it’s also the city’s nod to its historical past that makes Christmas in New Orleans so special! The month of December is amazing in New Orleans – it’s so festive! They even put out a Christmas magazine that tells you all of the activities that are happening. !
Since New Orleans was such an active port city, huge varieties of meats, vegetables, and spices arrived year round from countries like Africa, China, Germany, France, and Spain. The results created a cuisine that is truly unique to New Orleans! What a feast to ring in the new year! Holiday tables were set and decorated symmetrically with special care paid to the placement and type of my favorite course... you guessed it... desserts! Marzipan candies, German Pfefferneusse, sugared orange peels, and the typical French inspired centerpiece – a croquembuche. But the kids’ favorite was always the king cake!
December in New Orleans is the perfect time to experience it all!