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The Cajun Night Before Christmas


Morgan Stewart and the other great Americans at Entergy down in New Orleans have just sent me some coffee, a praline, and a copy of James Rice’s wonderful book, The Cajun Night Before Christmas Thanks y’all. What a wonderful bit of nostalgia. I remember going to Christmas Eve at my Uncle Murphy’s house, and sitting at the knee of Jules “Tee-Jules” d’Hemecourt, who made a popular recording of the text, as he rested on the blazing hearth reading the book in Cajun-English dialect to us kids. I see where Tee Jules has a video of same available mail-order from Floyd’s Record Shop in Ville Platte. I’ve not seen the video, but the audio recording of the book is so worth it, especially if, like me, you’re raising an expatriate child who doesn’t know what Christmas on the bayou is like. “Merry Christmas to all/’Til I saw you some mo’.”


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