NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Mark your calendars for Dec. 17!  The Garden District Book Shop will be hosting a festive storytime for the 50th anniversary of “Cajun Night Before Christmas” beginning at 11 a.m. Take the classic story of jolly old St. Nicholas, place it in a Louisiana bayou setting, dress Santa Claus in muskrat “from his head to his foot,” pile his skiff high with toys, and hitch it to eight friendly alligators. The result is this modern classic. Fifty years after its first appearance, “Cajun Night Before Christmas” has sold more than one million copies and has served as the model for Pelican’s ongoing, best-selling Night Before Christmas Series.

The “Cajun Night Before Christmas” has been a part of Louisiana’s holiday traditions since it was first published in 1973. A delight to both young and old with its rustic full-color illustrations and lively story, it has become a timeless addition to holiday celebrations far beyond south Louisiana, reaching all corners of the country with its charming presentation of Christmas on the bayou and the break-out star of Gaston® the Green-Nosed Alligator.

This event is free and open to the public.