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OVERVIEW This web page lists Christmas songs done in the Cajun format. Included are songs are listed by CD title, song title and record label. The lyrics for some of the popular Christmas songs including the "Cajun Twelve Days of Christmas", and the "12 Yats of Christmas" (a New Orleans version) are listed below.

a) The first CD, "Merry Cajun Christmas", is the most popular Christmas songs CD that is done in the Cajun format as opposed to the American format.

b) The CD by the Cajun group "Jambalaya" is very popular also.

c) For female vocal songs, the most popular CD is Nancy Tabb Marcantel's "La Louisiane Chante Noel".

d) Also for female vocal Chrismas songs, the CD that comes in a close 2nd place is Les Amies Louisianaises "La Musique Unique Des Acadiens". This CD contains the very popular Cajun version of the Amazing Grace song and the Cajun Wedding March song.

e) The most popular comedy type of song is called "Boudreaux's Christmas" You may recognize it as "Boudreaux got run over by a mudboat". It is on a CD titled "Louisiana Christmas" on the Jin. See below for the info on the rest of the CD.

f) The CD, "Santa Claus Wants Some Zydeco", is the CD for Christmas Songs done in the Zydeco format as opposed to the Cajun format.

g) The CD "Christmas Cajun Style with Robert Harris" is very rare and hard to find. But, everyone that listens to it falls in love with it for the great humorous christmas songs including the famous cajun songs "Boudin balls" and "Pinchon, the pink nosed possum". However, this year I found a place that sells it. www.lacajunstuff.com Phone: 985 851-1698

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CD Title: Merry Cajun Christmas
(this is the top selling Cajun Christmas songs CD)
. You can mail order this from www.floydsrecordshop.com. It is on the "Swallow" record label - Swallow # 6070.
  1. Cajun night before Christmas by Tee Jules is a Christmas song.
  2. Twelve days of Christmas by Tee Jules
  3. Cajun Christmas by Monty and Marsha Brown
  4. It came upon a midnight clear by Michael Doucet
  5. Christmas in Cajun land by Paul Daigle and Robert
  6. Its Christmas time in Louisiana by Johnny Allan
  7. La veille de noel by Paul Daigle and Robert Elkins
  8. Santa Claus is coming to town by Paul Daigle and Robert Elkins
  9. White Christmas by Cajun Gold
  10. Rockin' around the Christmas tree by Paul Daigle / Robert Elkins
  11. Randolph, the rouge nosed reindeer by Justin Wilson
  12. La veille de Christmas sur le grand bayou by Hasa Ortego
  13. Christmas on the bayou by Vin Bruce
  14. Please come home for Christmas by Belton Richard
  15. What Christmas means to me by Camey Doucet
  16. Silent night by Harry Fontenot
  17. Jingle Bells by Harry Fontenot
  18. Blue Christmas by Belton Richard
  19. You're all I want for Christmas by Belton Richard
  20. Here comes santa claus by Joe Bonsall
  21. Christmas eve on the big bayou by Hasa Ortego
CD Title: Louisiana Christmas
You can mail order this from www.floydsrecordshop.com.
It is on the "Jin" record label. Jin # 9039-2

Hope you have a merry Christmas by Kane Glaze is a Christmas song.
Boudreaux's Christmas (Boudreaux got run over by a mudboat) by Bayou Boudreaux
Please come home for Christmas by Michael Doucet
Jingle bell rock by Terry Huval Jambalaya
Old fashion Christmas by Johnny Koonse
Jingle bells by Reggie Matte Jambalaya
Its Christmas time by Clifton Chenier
Santa's got a brand new bag by The Boogie Kings
Party this Christmas by Rockin' Sidney
Cajun Christmas by Monty Brown
The Christmas Song by Nancy Tabb Marcantel
I'll be home for Christmas by Justin Wilson
Christmas in Cajun land by Bayou Boudreaux
Auld lang zyne by Michael Doucet

CD Title: Christmas Cajun Style with Robert Harris
The CD "Christmas Cajun Style with Robert Harris" is very rare and hard to find. But, everyone that listens to it falls in love with it for the great humorous christmas songs including the famous cajun songs "Boudin balls" and "Pinchon, the pink nosed possum". However, this year I found a place that sells it. www.lacajunstuff.com Phone: 985 851-1698
Nuttin for Christmas
I saw mama kissin' ole T-Claus
The Cajun Christmas Song
The 12 days of Christmas
Boudin balls
The night before Christmas in Cajun country
Pinchon, the pink nosed possum
Here comes T-Claus
Steppin' around the pecan tree
Deck the halls.

CD Title: Michael Doucet - Christmas Bayou
You can mail order this from www.floydsrecordshop.com.
It is on the "Swallow" record label. - Swallow # 6064

We three kings is a Christmas song.
It came upon a midnight clear
Il est ne
Vive Le vent
Deck the halls
Little drummer boy
O holy night
Bonne annee
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Christmas bayou
Please come home for Christmas
Trinquez trinquez
Auld lang sein

CD Title: Jambalaya Cajun Band - Joyeux Noel
You can mail order this from www.floydsrecordshop.com.
It is on the "Swallow" record label. - Swallow # 6100

Noel chez pop et mom (Christmas at my Grandparents) is a Christmas song.
Il est ne (he is born)
Jingle bells
La nuit silente (silent night)
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Le petit tambour (little drummer boy)
Cette veille de Christmas (This Christmas Eve)
Jingle bell rock
Ecoutez les anges qui chantent (hark the herald angels sing)
Si loin dans un creche (Away in a manger)
Sur La Couverture (up on the housetop)
Va le dire a tout le monde (go tell it to the world)
Frosty the snowman
Joy to the world

CD Title: Nancy Tabb Marcantel - La Louisiane Chante Noel
You can mail order this from www.musiqueacadienne.com.
It is on the "Musique Acadienne" record label. - Musique Acadienne

O Viens, O Viens, Emmanuel is a Christmas song.
Le Bonhomme Hiver
Reviens pour Noel
Adeste, Fideles
Minuit, Chretiens
Venez, Divin Messie
Sainte Nuit instrumental
La Valse Cadienne de Noel
Noel en Louisiane
Vive le Vent
Ma Maison, Ta Maison
Les Anges dans nos Campagnes
Joyeux Noel
Dans une Creche
Le P'tit Renne au Nez Rouge
Ave Maria
Fais Trois Tours de la Table Ronde
Noel Blanc
Mon Dieu, Benissez la Nouvelle Annee
Sainte Nuit

CD Title: Santa Claus Wants Some Zydeco!!!
You can mail order this from www.louisianaredhot.com. It is on the "Louisiana Red Hot Records" label. - Louisiana Red Hot Records # LRHR 1118
www.zydecoboneshakers.com

Merry Christmas by Willis Prudhomme is a Christmas song.
Party This Christmas by Rockin' Sidney
Santa Claus is Back by Jo Jo Reed
Merry Christmas to You by Ann Goodly
Christmas Like You Used To by Jo Jo Reed
Christmas Celebration by Zydeco Boneshakers
Never Stopped Believing In Santa Clause by Cedyl Ballou
This Christmas by Ann Goodly
It's Christmas by JoJo Reed
Christmas Without You by Rockin' Sidney
All I want for Christmas is You by Samantha Pocorello
Put It Under the Tree by Zydeco Boneshakers
Christmas Zydeco by Ann Goodly
Christmas Caught Up with me by Zydeco Boneshakers
Waiting to see Santa Claus by Cedryl Ballou
Silent Night by Gerald Dunaway

(you can see the cover art on the Zydeco Boneshakers website that is located at www.zydecoboneshakers.com.)

CD Title: Les Amies Louisianaises - La Musique Unique Des Acadiens
You can mail order this from www.musiqueacadienne.com.
It is on the "Musique Acadienne" record label. - Musique Acadienne

Amazing Grace - La Grace du Ciel (very popular) is a Christmas song.
The Wedding March - La Marche des Maries
La Valse cadienne de Noel
Please Come Home for Christmas - Reviens pour Noel
Il est ne', le divin Enfant i
plus others that are not Christmas related

CD Title: Let's Have a Cajun Christmas
You can mail order this from hometown.aol.com/tmurry4605/lanorrecords.html.
It is on the "Lanor" record label. - Lanor # 1049

That's why Christmas is so Lonesome by Vin Bruce is a Christmas song.
All I want for Christmas by Vin Bruce
Noel, Noel by Vin Bruce
Christmas can't come too Fast by Camey Doucet
Santa Claus will pass tonight by Camey Doucet
Christmas lotto by Camey Doucet
Christmas waltz by Royce Naquin
Christmas at our house by Royce Naquin
Christmas in prison by Royce Naquin
Where will I go Christmas coming by Dallas Roy
All he wants for Christmas by Ivy Dugas
I want some tennis shoes for Christmas by Ivy Dugas/Dallas Roy
Grandma's Christmas by Donny Broussard
Pray for the ones that have nothing to celebrate by Donny Broussard
Christmas on the prairie by Donny Broussard

CD Title: Cajun Christmas - Hadley Castille
You can mail order this from www.whatbayou.com/hadleyj.castille.html
This is on the "Laser Light" record label. - Laser Light # 12 947
(This is no longer in print)
Up on a housetop
Silent night
O come all ye faithful
I saw mommy kissing santa claus
O come ye Emanuel
It came upon a midnight clear
Silver Bells
We three kings
Jingle Bells
Joy to the world
Away in a manger
Blue Christmas
Giddyup Ball

CD Title: A Holiday Celebration With Rockin' Sidney
You can mail order this from www.floydsrecordshop.com.
This is on the "Maison De Soul" record label. - MdS VMS # 7001

Christmas Celebration is a Christmas song.
Christmas Without You
Party This Christmas
My Sweet Thing
The Christmas Waltz
It's Christmas, Let the Good Times Roll

CD Title: A Creole Christmas, various Artists
You can mail order this from www.floydsrecordshop.com.
This is on the "Epic" record label. - Epic/Associated # ZK 47045 - 1990 CBS Records Inc.

White Christmas by Allen Toussaint is a Christmas song.
Please Come Home for Christmas by Johnny Adams
Jingle Bell Rock by Frankie Ford
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Pete Fountain
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Luther Kent
Jingle Bells by Rockin' Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters
Merry Christmas Baby by Doctor John .
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow by The Dixie Cups
The Christmas Song by Aaron Neville
Go Tell It On A Mountain by The Zion Harmonizers
O Holy Night by Irma Thomas

CD Title: Alligator Stomp, Vol 4: Cajun Christmas, various Artists (Rhino)
You can mail order this from www.floydsrecordshop.com.
This is on the "Rhino" record label. - Rhino # ?

Christmas Bayou by Beausoleil is a Christmas song.
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Beausoleil
It's Christmas time In Louisana by Johnnie Allan
Joy To The World by The Jambalaya Cajun Band
Jingle Bells by Harry Fontenot
Deck The Halls by Michael Doucet
Please Come Home For Christmas by Belton Richard
What Christmas Means To Me by Camey Doucet
Up On The Housetop by The Jambalaya Cajun Band
The Little Drummer Boy by Michael Doucet
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Cajun Gold
Blue Christmas by Belton Richard
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Cajun Gold
Bonne Annee by Michael Doucet
Jingle Bell Rock by The Jambalaya Cajun Band
Silent Night by The Jambalaya Cajun Band
Auld Lang Syne by Michael Doucet
O Holy Night by Irma Thomas

CD Title: A Cajun Christmas Songs (25 Seasonal Stories From the Swamps)
You can mail order this from Louisiana Music Factory.
label - # MCCDX 011

Cajun Christmas is a Christmas song.
Christmas In Cajun Land
It's Christmas Time In Louisiana
Cette Veille De Christmas (This Christmas Eve)
Bonne Annee
White Christmas
Blue Christmas
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Please Come Home For Christmas
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
It's Christmas Time
Santa's Got A Brand New Bag
Christmas Bayou
Trinquez Trinquez
Christmas On The Bayou
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
You're All I Want For Christmas
Jingle Bells
What Christmas Means To Me
Frosty The Snowman
Sur La Couverture (Up On The Housetop)
Party This Christmas
Deck The Halls
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Auld Land Syne

CD Title: Camey Doucet - The Cajun Gentleman's Greatest Hits
You can mail order this from www.mterecords.com.
This is on the "Fais Do Do" record label. -Fais Do Do (MTE) # 5066

Vinyl Record - Pierre and The squirrelly Squirrels (Cajun version of the Chipmunk song)
"Pierre Et Les Canailles Ecureils En Concert Avec Camey"
(The rest of the songs are not Christmas songs.)

CD Title: Renaissance Cadienne - Mon pere aussi Ma Mere
You can mail order this from ????.
This is on the "Tracas" record label - Tracas # 268
This has 3 religious songs in an opera/choir style

Cajun Twelve days of Christmas by Tee Jules is a Christmas song.
12 shotgun shells
11 duck decoys
10 pirogue paddles (a pirogue is a flat bottom canoe)
9 oysters stewin'
8 crabs a brewin'
7 fleur de lis (flower of the french kings,the saints football symbol)
6 cypress knees (the root of a cypress tree that sticks out of the water)
5 poules d'eau (chicken or hen of the water - ie: a coot or duck)
4 pousse-café (coffee with a bit of alcohol in it)
3 stuffed shrimp
2 voodoo dolls
and a crawfish in a fig tree


Here are the 12 Yats of Christmas by Benny "Grunch" Antin song lyrics.
(This is a New Orleans version) www.bennygrunch.com

1. On'da foist day'a Christmas mah
Mawmaw gave'to me a Crawfish'dey
Caught in Arabi

2. In'da Christmas Picayune I seen it
Dere'n Section E, Tujaque's Recipe

3. On'da thoid day' a Christmas we
Stopped at McKenzie for Three French Breads

4. On the fourth day I said OK let's get a
Christmas tree Before'ya Drive Me Nuts

5. On the fifth day of Christmas we
stopped at A&G for Frrried Onion Rrrings

6. On'da sixth day'a Christmas we
stopped at K&B's for a Six Pack'a Dixie

7. Cemetery traffic got backed up to
Metairie at the Seventeenth Street Canal

8. On'da eighth day of Christmas me and
Rosalie Ate By'ya Mama's

9. On the ninth day of Christmas we drove
down Delery in'da Lower Ninth Ward

10. I used'ta be at Kaiser now I'm woikin
down'da street at'da Tenneco Chalmette Refinery

11. On the eleventh day at Vetran's
Highway try'ta cross the street with Eleven Schwegmann Bags

12. On the twelfth day of Christmas my
true love gave to me a Dozen Manuel's Tamales

Here is the CAJUN 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (another version).

Day 1 Dear Emile, thanks for the bird in the pear tree. I fixed it last night with dirty rice and it was delicious. I don't think the pear tree would grow in the swamp, so I swapped it for a Satsuma tree.

Day 2 Dear Emile, your letter said you sent 2 turtle doves, but all I got was 2 scrawny pigeons. Anyway, I mixed them with andouille and made some gumbo out of them.

Day 3 Dear Emile, why don't you send me some crawfish? I'm tired of eating them darned birds. I gave two of those prissy French chicken to Mrs. Fontenot over at Grand Chenier, and fed the tird one to my dog, Phideaux. Mrs. Fontenot needed some sparring partners for her fighting rooster.

Day 4 Dear Emile, mon dieu! I told you no more of them birds. These four, what you call "calling birds" was so noisy that you could hear them all the way to Lafayette. I used their necks for my crab traps, and fed the rest of them to the gators.

Day 5 Dear Emile, you finally sent something useful. I liked those golden rings, me. I hocked them at the pawn shop in Sulphur and got enough money to fix the shaft on my shrimp boat, and to buy a round for the boys at the Raisin' Cane Lounge. Merci Beaucoup!

Day 6 Dear Emile, couchon! Back to the birds, you turkey! Poor egg sucking Phideaux is scared to death of those six geese. He try to eat their eggs and they pecked the heck out of his snout. Those geese are damn good at eating cockroachs around the house, though. I may stuff one of those geese with oyster dressing and serve him on Christmas day.

Day 7 Dear Emile, I'm going to wring your fool neck the next time I see you. Ole Boudreaux, the mailman, is ready to kill you too. The crap from all those birds is stinking up his mailboat. He is afraid that someone will slip on that stuff and they are going to sue him. I let those seven swans loose to swim on the bayou and some stupid duck hunter from Mississippi blast them out of the water. Talk to you tomorrow.

Day 8 Dear Emile, poor old Boudreaux had to make 3 trips on his mailboat to deliver those 8 maids-a-milking and their cows. One of the cows got spooked by the alligators and almost tipped over the boat. I don't like those shiftless maids, me. I told them to get to work gutting fish and sweeping my shack - but they said that it wasn't in their contract. They probably think that they are too good to skin the nutria that I caught last night.

Day 9 Dear Emile, what are you trying to do? Boudreaux had to borrow the Cameron ferry to carry those jumping twits that you call lords-a-leaping across the bayou. As soon as they got here they wanted a tea break and crumpets. I don't know what that means but I said, "Well, j'connais pas! You get Chicory coffee or nothing". Mon Dieux, Emile, what am I going to feed all these couillions? They are too bourgeois for fried nutria, and the cow ate up all of my turnip greens.

Day 10 Dear Emile, you got to be out of your mind. If the mailman doesn't kill you, I will. Today he delivered 10 half nakid floozies from Bourbon street. They said that they are "ladies dancing" but they don't act like ladies in front of them Limey sailing boys. They almost left after one of them got bit by a water moccasin over by my outhouse. I had to butcher 2 cows to feed toute le monde (everybody) and get lots of rolls of toilet paper. The Sears catalog wasn't good enough for those bourgeois lords. Talk to you tomorrow.

Day 11 Dear Emile, where Y'at? Cherio and pip pip. You 11 Pipers Piping arrived today from the House of Blues, second lining as they got off of the boat. We fixed stuffed goose and beef jambalaya, finished the whiskey, and we're having a fais-do-do. The new mailman drank a bottle ofJack Daniels, and he is having a good old time dancing with the floozies. The old mailman jumped off the Moss Bluff bridge yesterday, screaming your name. If you happen to get a mysterious looking ticking package in the mail, don't open it.

Day 12 Dear Emile, me, I'm sorry to tell you - but I am not your true love anymore. After the fais-do-do, I spent the night with Jacque, the head piper. We decide to open a restaurant and gentlemen's club on the bayou. The floozies, pardon me, ladies dancing can make $20 for a table dance, and the lords can be the waiters and valet park the boats. Since the maids have no more cows to milk, I trained them to set my crab traps, watch my trotlines, and run my shrimping business. We'll probably gross a million dollars next year.


Here are the Cajun 12 Days of Christmas song lyrics.
The Cajun Twelve Days Of Christmas Lyrics:
On dem first day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
A crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem second day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Two voodoo dolls
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem third day of Christmas my true love she gave to me:
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem fourth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem fifth day of Christmas,
I could not believe in all my days what she come up with:
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem sixth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem seventh day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem eighth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem ninth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem tenth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem eleventh day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Eleven duck decoys,
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem twelveth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Twelve shotgun shells,
Eleven duck decoys,
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse cafe',
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.


Louisiana artists that are not Cajun/Zydeco format:

CD Title: Fats Domino Christmas Gumbo (aka 'Christmas is a Special Day')
mail order from www.cdnow.com
label - EMD/CAPITOL # ???

CD Title: Rich, Don - This Christmas Day
mail order from www.floydsrecordshop.com
label - Jin # 9068

Christmas links:

www.santaland.com
www.yuleloveit.com
www.puddings.net
www.christmasgifts.net
Christmas Songs
SJK's Christmas Songs and Lyrics
Christmas Carols by www.123greetings.com

Please listen to Clarence's Cajun radio program in Baton Rouge.
Saturdays 7pm-9pm on WBRH 90.3 FM

View Clarence's Baton Rouge Cajun and Zydeco Schedule.

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