Saturday, December 17, 2011

Remembering Our First Christmas in Abita Springs

Last December we celebrated our first Christmas in Abita Springs after living the previous 7 years in the New Orleans area.  Though Abita Springs is not all that far from New Orleans geographically speaking it is a considerable distance concerning attitudes and culture.  This became very clear to our family when we pulled into our drive way on a Friday evening last December.  We noticed a minivan parked in front of our neighbors house and some people shouted out from the darkness to us telling us "Wait!  Don't go in your house yet!"  Our first thoughts were that there must be a break in or burglary in our home or somewhere in the neighborhood so our first reaction was to run inside and check on everything.  Noticing everything seemed alright we thought that one of our neighbors must have some kind of physical emergency.  So we ran back outside only to find that these people who had shouted out to us were singing Christmas carols.  We got a real kick out of that once the adrenaline settled down.

1 comment:

greenturtle said...

There definitely appears to be four distinct cultures in Louisiana, all within 50 miles of each other-- and those are just the ones I'm personally aware of.

New Orleans is a culture all its own.

Go 50 miles west to the bayou region, where I lived for four years, and it's completely different. You wouldn't think so, but there are distinct differences; New Orleans is Creole, river, urban; The bayou region is Cajun, bayou, rural.

Then head north, not even 50 miles, and you have the northshore, which is a touch new orleans and creole, but not really. It also has a touch of rural and country, but also not really. It's suburban.

But then head about 50 miles west of that, the Hammond/Baton Rouge area. That's country, agricultural, typical southern bible belt like you'd find in Arkansas.

There could be a lot more, but, interesting how close in proximity yet how different.

Although I can understand how the bayou region came to be a distinct culture. Having lived there, there's really no "easy" route to new orleans or baton rouge. It's all winding backroads that are a hassle to travel on. So we all just stay there.