Religion: Christmas Deferred

Under the towering, mossy oaks of Bayou du Large, La. they finally got around to celebrating Christmas, last Sunday. A tinseled tree glittered in the little white chapel of St. Andrew's Episcopal Mission. Children solemnly posed in a tableau of the Nativity. The young Rev. Clarence R. Haden Jr., rector of St. Matthew's Church in nearby Houma, preached a Yuletide sermon to some 100 people.

Reason for the belated festival: almost all of the villagers are trappers. On Dec. 25 they are in the neighboring swamps trapping muskrat. The season does not end until...

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