We southerners like to really do it up for Christmas. We decorate not only our homes but ourselves as well for the entire month of December. And the first weekend of EVERY December, you can find us at our lake house in Natchitoches, Louisiana to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
Natchitoches is a great little historic town that has festivals all year round, centered around Cane River Lake. Each Saturday in December there is an awesome fireworks display in the town, however, that first weekend is when the big parade can be seen and our friends have pretty much an open door party at their home. When I say open door, I mean people literally come in and out all day long, eating, visiting and just generally having a good time. My daughter-in-law, Allison calls it the "Christmas House".
I suppose this "open house" came about because pretty much everybody knows everybody here and with the house being within walking distance of the parade and town, itself, it makes for the perfect spot for people to meet. And, of course, there is SO MUCH FOOD being constantly put out...who even needs to worry with restaurant reservations that day?
This year, Justin and Ryan and their families joined us for the Christmas Festival and, as usual, we had a great time. I took as many photos as I could to show y'all how we do Christmas here in the south!
Yes...Even the bathrooms are decorated!