Sometimes folks from south Louisiana will take familiar stories and twist them to make them a little more Cajun. Cajun Night Before Christmas by “Trosclair” is a good example of this.
Santa in envisioned as riding in a skiff pulled by alligators named Gaston, Tiboy, Pierre, Alcee’, Ninette, Suzette, and Renee’. Also, Santa is dressed in muskrat fur. The whole book is written in the Cajun dialect and tells the story of St. Nick coming to the bayou. It starts out:
‘Twas the night before Christmas
An’ all t’ru de house
Dey don’t a t’ing pass
Not even a mouse.
Den Mamma in de fireplace
Done roas’ up de ham
Stir up de gumbo
An’ make bake de yam.
Copyright by Pelican Publishing Company 2001
After Santa finishes his stop he bids everybody farewell in true Cajun fashion.
Merry Christmas to all
‘Til I saw you some mo’!