If you want to know what comprises a Louisiana Christmas, the kitchen is a good place to start. Many Louisiana traditions are created in the kitchen and the holidays are no exception. While there are lots of traditions that don’t include food, most of our favorite ones involve a table full of food and family.
Obviously seafood is involved in several dishes, ranging from tradition seafood gumbo to oyster and crawfish stuffing. Gumbo is good on any occasion and a tasty crawfish stuffing is perfect to include inside a turkey on Thanksgiving, just as a side, or even in a Turducken—another Louisiana classic.
The Turducken was actually invented in Louisiana and is served on Thanksgiving either in addition to, or instead of a turkey. It is a chicken inside of duck inside of a turkey. It may seem unconventional, but it’s a local favorite & classic.
In terms of things to do around the holidays, there are events going on all over the state. In New Orleans, there is Celebration in the Oaks at City Park, huge lighting displays across the park and in the gardens with traditional holiday and Cajun holiday displays. In St. James Parish, they have the Festival of the Bonfires. This celebration dates back to the 1800s and comes from French and German traditions. If you like zydeco music, Lafayette has a month-long Cajun and Creole Celebration that has nightly entertainment.
Between food and events, there’s no shortage of holiday tradition anywhere in Louisiana.by