December 6th – Christmas in New Orleans


Song: Christmas in New Orleans
Album: Christmas Through the Years
Performer: Louis Armstrong With Benny Carter’s Orchestra
Writer: Dick Sherman, Joe Van Winkle
Year: 1955

I spent the week before Christmas last year visiting my grandparents in Gulfport, Mississippi. We took a vacation within a vacation to New Orleans at the tail end of my visit. I spent one of the days there roaming the streets on my own and fell in love with the city. I was blown away by the unique architecture and by the age and character of the city. Highlights of that day included having my palm read and speaking at length to the shopkeeper of a local bookstore. The moment that will be burned in my memory is a picturesque view of the St. Louis Cathedral at dusk against the backdrop of twinkling Christmas lights, decorations, and horse drawn carriages. The city will forever live as part of a beautiful winter fantasy for me.