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Christmas in New Orleans Hardcover – September 15, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589805607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589805606
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No other book remembers Christmas in New Orleans like this masterful production." -- Big Easy Magazine,December 2009/January 2010

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[Inside Flap] Magnolia leaves and Spanish moss elegantly adorn homes along St. Charles Avenue while glowing lights drape from one lamppost to the next on Canal Street. A flurry of last-minute shoppers fills the French Market, and a merry Mr. Bingle, with his wings of holly, beams from the store window of Maison Blanche. These are the collective memories of Christmas in New Orleans. From the festivities of yesteryear, revolving around religion and faith, to today's events, such as City Park's Celebration in the Oaks, New Orleanians observe Christmas with an inimitable style. Late-night feasts, or réveillons, and rare occurrences of a winter-white Christmas are just a couple of nostalgic moments readers may stumble upon while perusing the pictures and warm recollections of notable locals, including Irma Thomas, Anne Rice, and Deacon John Moore. In a celebration that has become as unique as the city itself, the images of a Christmas in New Orleans are classic and unforgettable. Descriptions of merriment, dating from the 1800s to post-Katrina, delicious recipes from Chef John Besh, bonfires along the levees, and the seasonal melodies of a city world renowned for its music are presented in this brilliant volume. [Back Flap] Peggy Scott Laborde is the host and producer of Steppin' Out, a WYES public television series that highlights the arts and entertainment scene in New Orleans. She has produced a number of documentaries featuring New Orleans culture and history. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Laborde is actively involved in community revitalization and conservation. She is the author of Pelican's Canal Street: New Orleans' Great Wide Way, which she coauthored with John Magill. She lives in New Orleans. John Magill is the curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection. He is also the head of research services and the reading room at the Williams Research Center. Magill earned both his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of New Orleans. His writing has been published in New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, and The Historic New Orleans Collection Quarterly. He resides in New Orleans.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While many cities celebrate Christmas in ways that are unique to their area one would be hard pressed to find a city as unique and appealing during the holiday season as New Orleans. Traditions past and present are gathered for us in this keepsake volume with some 168 color photos plus black and white photos, color illustrations, and a comprehensive text. All of this thanks to Peggy Scott Laborde who has produced numerous documentaries on what is now her home city, and John Magill, curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Details of how residents greet the holiday season are featured beginning 200 years ago. That was, of course, before electricity when trees were illuminated with candles (wouldn't dream of that today!), and there were bonfires along the Mississippi River. Authors carry us through the years in 12 chapters right up to now with Benny Grunch and the Bunch.

Each of the chapters is devoted to a different aspect of the holiday celebration - our favorite was, of course, the goings-on in the French Quarter. What is Christmas without good food? A recipe for reveillon from Chef John Besh is included as well as comments from such notable locals as Anne Rice and Irma Thomas.

Many would probably like to visit the Crescent City during the holidays, and here's one way to do it from your armchair.


- Gail Cooke
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Christmas has become more of a cultural tradition rather than a religious one. "Christmas in New Orleans" is a combination photobook and cultural study on how the people of New Orleans get into the spirit of Christmas. A long history stretching back from the Louisiana purchase and how the festivities have changed over the past hundreds of years. Although American by nature, New Orleans has always had their own way of doing things, and Christmas is no different. Packed cover to cover with full color photographs and historical reprints, "Christmas in New Orleans" is quite the coffee book table gift for anyone who loves Christmas, no matter the time of year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nachtjager on January 20, 2011
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If you grew up in New Orleans or are very familiar with New Orleans, this book is an absolute gem. The vintage photos of Canal Street, the Garden District, and virtually all areas of NO are complimented with photos of the famed store fronts and loads of stories I'd never heard before. It's a spectacularly well done book, the printing quality is superb, and I can't imagine how anyone could have any regrets after buying this one. It would truly be hard to improve upon this one if you're trying to stir up Christmas nostalgia in the Crescent City.
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