Traditions are a part of life down here in South Louisiana.
You can set your clock on it!
One tradition that is sweet to my heart, I share every year.
It's the lighting of the bonfires.
It's held on the levees of the Mississippi River.
This year we spotted many in memory of past loved ones.
One was a huge angel that I didn't manage to get a photo of.
I was able to catch this one below.
It's in memory of Sandy Hook.
If you look real close you can see an angel representing each precious soul lost.
In true Cajun form, they hollered at us as we were snapping pictures to come on over.
I love that our people are so friendly and welcoming.
They were so sweet to even open their doors for us!
What we saw inside amazed me!
A real staircase.
Sturdy I might add.
They invited us inside and I didn't mind a bit LOL.
I climbed those stairs right to the top.
They constructed the top floor to have a landing where you could walk completely around.
A birds eye view indeed!
He was stuffing the upper walls with hay.
You could say I was a bit excited here haha.
Below was a view from the top.
It took these guys about three weeks to build this beauty.
I asked them if it was hard to set fire to it on Christmas Eve..
They said no.
They build it knowing it will light the way for Papa Noel.
After our fun visit of the bonfires we headed back towards home and made our annual stop at the
Oaks of St. Joseph.
Every year they display a life size nativity.
It's just beautiful y'all!
Behind the nativity are two rows of very large old oak trees.
They line the property and go as far back to reach the Mississippi River.
Across the street is the Maneresa House.
It was once the St. Mary's Jefferson College where my Great Grandfather attended.
Today it is known as the Maneresa House or retreat.
Here Catholic Priests and or Brothers can get away from the world and focus on God.
You won't hear a peep because it's complete silence here.
Not a word is spoken.
I don't think I could last a day LOL..
As we walked up to the gates, you could just feel the serenity.
So beautiful and Peaceful.
Our day ended with me placing Christmas flowers on my little brothers grave.
So as the World awaits for that jolly little man,
down south we are all prepared to light the way for Papa Noel.
I myself, smile a little smile..
For I know that unto us a child was born.
I rest in his promise that He will come again.
Happy Birthday Jesus!
Merry Christmas friends!