The Edwards’ family is getting in the holiday spirit as they will spend their first Christmas in the Governor’s Mansion. The family was displaced during the August flooding but are now settling back into life in the mansion. First Lady Donna Edwards is hosting a Joyeux Noel celebration at her home this afternoon at 3 p.m. to show off the improvements she’s made.
“We’ve been steadily painting and I’ve started a Louisiana Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation and we’re back up and going with that.
Edwards says after taking on about 7 feet of water in the basement, she hopes displaying Louisiana’s French heritage and culture during the Joyeux Noel event will raise money for the Mansion. She says they’ve revamped the backyard.
“Our satsuma trees are just bending over full of satsumas and the garden right now looks beautiful.”
Guests of the event will be treated with holiday snacks, music and a special visit from Papa Noel. Edwards says she worked closely with other former First Ladies to spruce up the Mansion.
“I worked with First Lady Alice Foster earlier in the year and we had a nice luncheon with she and a lot of the ladies in the First Foundation so they were able to guide me through this process.”