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Saturday, 25 June 2011 00:32

South Louisiana received an early White Christmas exactly 2 weeks before the holiday (December 11th) as thousands throughout Cajun country, Baton Rouge and New Orleans awoke to a snow-covered wonderland. The appearance of this...


of this sort of weather in our part of the country occurs so seldom that residents welcome the phenomenon rather than consider the slushy mess often left behind.

From Baton Rouge to Lafayette and as far south as Thibodaux and Houma, cameras were out capturing the wintry scene. Snowflakes accumulated on vegetation, lawns, automobiles, and roof tops where surface temperatures are much lower than streets and sidewalks.

As a special treat, you might take a couple minutes to enjoy this slide presentation of scenes around New Orleans that special day. Be sure to turn up your volume, because Louie Armstrong leads the way with It’s Christmas Time in Ole New Orleans. Simply click.

My first recollection of any snowfall was 50 years ago; and just as with any major event in our lives, the memory remains vivid. Schools and businesses were closing as people rushed home to take advantage of the outdoor scene. Most of us made our first snowmen or threw our first snowball from the thin blanket of snow accumulated on the lawn. Children’s faces were turned skyward with open mouths in hopes of tasting the icy crystals. I recall neighbors gathering small jars of the snow to place in their freezers for later use in some way I never quite understood. I can only imagine a parent going into the freezer some months later and wondering what suspicious contents might have been contained.


Visitors and new residents from the northern areas of the country often chuckle at the attention the snowfall receives. Many areas of the country, especially South Florida, Arizona, and southern Texas provide permanent or part time residences for those who’ve spent most of their lives tolerating the conditions imposed by the harsh winters of the North. We often take for granted our ability to enjoy outdoor activities during Louisiana’s winter months; whereas others avoid venturing out other than commuting to work, school, and necessary errands. I suppose an good analogy would be facing a 3-month constant rainfall in South Louisiana. Imagine the disappointment and drudgery of carrying on only absolutely necessary activities in that weather with no opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Many Louisianians schedule annual trips to popular ski resorts in Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada or Vermont. There they are able to experience the sights and exhilarating activities of actual snow-covered locations. Those with youngsters will often schedule such trips during school holidays, typically Mardis Gras or Easter.

Well, Christmas is around the corner; and I haven’t checked the Farmers’ Almanac, but perhaps we can arrange for one more snowfall just in time for Chrisopelousassnowtmas Eve. I’d like to extend to you and yours the joys and blessings of a wonderful Christmas holiday.

In case you’re wondering, the pictures in this article are of LSU’s Mike the Tiger enjoying the snow, a St. Charles streetcar, Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, and a beautiful snow-covered driveway in Opelousas.


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