With Christmas around the corner, it’s only fitting that we start getting into the yuletide cheer. So I wasn’t too shocked when I turned on my television and Scrooge was on. As the movie progressed, I thought how similar the setting of the movie was to New Orleans – especially when the ghosts showed up. After all, New Orleans has been referred to as the most haunted city in the United States. Now I know we’ve earned many a nickname from our unique history and culture, but the most haunted city?

I couldn’t believe the amount of stories I discovered of documented spirit sightings in our city. When I think of spirits in New Orleans, they’re usually served on the rocks. With the exception of a few, most of the stories weren’t of tortured souls but of a friendly bond between spirits and locals. Most of the stories are told by home and business owners that have encountered a ghost on their property. One man described how comedic his ghost was, always playing pranks by hiding his shoes or turning off the TV in the middle of “Jeopardy.” These New Orleanians welcomed their ghosts, just as they welcome everything else about our culture. To them, the only drawback of having a ghost as a roommate is that a ghost can’t chip in for cable.

So here we are: Even the dead don’t want to leave New Orleans. Any other culture would probably want to cast the spirit out of their home, but not here. Here we invite them in for a cocktail and conversation. You may not believe in ghosts, but I think we can all agree whether it’s the spirit in your glass, in your heart or in your hallway, New Orleans is a city like no other.

The Tulane Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma (Beta Omicron) opened their house to local Kappas to not only celebrate the sorority’s Founders Day, but also to honor local Kappas for their generosity and contributions in the community. New Orleans Kappa Alumnae President Meg Butler worked with the Beta Omicron president to plan the event. After the ceremony, the honorees and actives exchanged Kappa stories at the reception.

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Honorees Tiffany Adler, Sybil Favrot, Barbara Bush and Susan Gundlach.

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Honorees Jane Heidingsfelder, Suzanne Perron St. Paul, Mary Margaret and mother Sharon Healy.

Alejandra “Ali” Rosales welcomed her 30s in style with a grand birthday celebration. The festivities started with a trip to the South of France with her family, followed by a stop in Ali’s favorite city, Paris, for Fashion Week. Upon her return to New Orleans, the party continued at the Paris Room in the French Quarter. The theme? What else, but the Moulin Rouge! Ali’s mom, Lily Hines, meticulously planned all the details, including the invitations by Betty Hunley and a delicious French menu by Joel. Lesley Carter from Event Rental aided Hines with the party details and decorations. All of Ali’s friends were in attendance in colorful costumes of sequins and feathers to welcome her back, wish her happy birthday and enjoy the French flair.

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Fanor and Alejandra Rosales with their mother, Lily Hines

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 Ali poses with all of her guests

Ginger and Will Smith invited family and friends over to celebrate their son Bennett’s first birthday. Parents watched football and ate cupcakes while the children played at the Winnie the Pooh-themed party. Jars of “Honey for your Tummy” were passed out as party favors after Bennett blew out his candles.

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Ginger Smith and birthday boy Bennett Smith snap a picture with Courtney and Sam Sutton and Joanie and Patrick Browne.

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