Christmas Gumbo

Gift guide

Christmas Gumbo

(Flambeau)

Where even funerals evolve into festive events, a Crescent City Christmas is sure to offer joie de vivre. As Allen Toussaint puts it, "The alligator's goin' to fly ... the day it snows on Christmas in New Orleans." While Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias cast the jolly gift-giver as a second-line strutter on "Shakana Santa Shake It," Houseman of Galactic rambles "I'm gonna pimp my sleigh."

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