Tossed-out Christmas trees will be picked up Monday through Thursday in St. Bernard Parish. Officials of the parish road department said tress must be at curbside and free of decorations.

The pick-up schedule shows:

— Monday and Tuesday: Arabi to Paris Road in Chalmette.

— Tuesday and Wednesday: Paris Road east to Hannan Boulevard.

— Wednesday and Thursday: Hannan Boulevard east, including communities in eastern St. Bernard.

There were no reports of serious injuries, but a vehicle was damaged and several holiday decorations were mowed down in the front yard of a Kenner home when a disturbance broke out at a New Year's Eve house party.

Kenner police said it happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday. A man who police said had been attending the party allegedly got into his car and drove onto the lawn while trying to ram another vehicle.

Three people in the vehicle that was struck refused medical treatment.

Authorities say thieves stole some of the City of Houma's Christmas decorations, including a figure of the infant Jesus.

Ann Picou, the Terrebonne Parish downtown development coordinator, tells The Courier the infant figure disappeared from the manger scene near the Houma courthouse soon after Thanksgiving.

Picou said the parish had already spent its decorations budget on new lights to replace some of the aging ones, so there wasn't money to buy another babe in swaddling clothes.

The New Orleans Police Department has issued an advisory detailing restrictions on traffic this evening for downtown New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The Future is Food

Dec 29, 2012

About a decade ago, I was visiting a particularly beautiful part of Kentucky to help a community grow its farmers market. Dinner involved farm-fresh items on a comfortably rustic ranch, and thoughtful dinner discussion was led by original and influential author Wendell Berry.

Even though Christmas is over, your tree can keep on giving.

WDSU-TV reports officials in Orleans and Jefferson parish are again picking up live trees for use in marsh restoration.

Folks are asked to remove all tinsel and ornaments from trees and then put them on the curb for pickup. Collection dates for both parishes are Jan. 10 through the 12th.

Flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the recycling program.

Ian McNulty

New Year's Eve may end with a bang, but in New Orleans New Year's Day often begins with a dish.

Without Magic, Santa Would Need 12 Million Employees

Dec 24, 2012
Lam Thuy Vo and Chana Joffe-Walt / NPR

There are 760 million Christian children in the world, according to the Pew Research Center. Suppose Santa delivers one gift to each child. What kind of delivery workforce would Santa need?

We couldn't get an interview with Santa. But we did get Paul Tronsor from FedEx and Mike Mangeot from UPS. They helped us go through the numbers.

Here are just a few of the positions Santa would need to fill to pull off Christmas. (Note: For the complete list, see the graphic at the bottom.)

Nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms, is forecast on Christmas Day along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida. But officials say it will hold off long enough for Christmas Eve bonfires to light the way for Pere Noel along the Mississippi River northwest of New Orleans.

The National Weather Service says people should prepare their yards for high winds Monday, securing lawn furniture or anything that might be blown into a home or car.

Plaquemines Parish plans to collect Christmas trees after the season to help rebuild wetlands in the coastal parish.

The parish garbage collection company, Solid Waste North and South, will pick them up at curbside after the holidays.

Authorities said all decorations, lights, tinsel, garland and other materials must be removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled.