What is Christmas in Dixie?

99% of Christmas advertisements don’t apply to this geographic region.  That’s fine.

I don’t like calling anything ‘southern’ unless it’s describing a specific region on a map.  However, as with just about everything, the South likes to do things our way.  There are some things about Christmas in the South that we call our own.  I’ve been making some notes, and reached out to some of my friends to get some help on what ‘Christmas in Dixie’ means.  Here’s the list:

Country Christmas music starting on Black Friday.  The Saturday Night Gold stuff: Vince Gill, Reba, etc
Christmas trees with colored lights
Luminaries
Egg nog
Live Christmas trees
Spending time outdoors…
…Tee times around noon
…Skeet shooting
Mud rather than snow
Wishing it was scarf/gloves weather
Comments about the last white Christmas back in ’97
Christmas Eve being as important as Christmas morning
Christmas Eve church service
Late night Waffle House after ^^said^^ church service
Deer/Duck hunting before opening presents on Christmas morning
Reindeer on the front lawn creatively placed into compromising positions
Cooking in the kitchen starting early Christmas day.  With an open window.
Turkey and dressing.  We don’t stuff turkeys.  We fry them.
Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top
Bourbon with egg nog for breakfast; on it’s own for lunch, dinner, and late night
Spicy cheese straws and Gingersnaps
Ambrosia
Pecan Pie
Centerpieces of oranges, magnolia garland, and festive pine boroughs
College Bowl games > NFL games
Christmas mid-afternoon bonfire of wrapping paper and boxes

Feel free to add yours in the comment section below.

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6 Comments

  1. BH
    12/21/2016 / 4:54 PM

    Out of curiosity, why don’t you call things Southern? Isn’t your whole blog pretty much about Southern/preppy fashion and lifestyle?

  2. JRS
    Author
    12/21/2016 / 4:58 PM

    @BH – in protest to the overuse of the word ‘Southern’.

    • BH
      12/21/2016 / 5:46 PM

      Ah, fair enough. I was just wondering since it seems you like a lot of “sourhern” things. Hope y’all have a good Christmas.

  3. MRS
    12/21/2016 / 5:01 PM

    great list…this one rolls into new years: bonfires to burn those live Christmas trees

  4. Docta_Matt
    12/21/2016 / 6:29 PM

    Cookies and milk for Santa inside and a bale of hay for the reindeer outside.

  5. MRS
    12/22/2016 / 11:24 AM

    Different MRS – small world! – but great list…except…Ambrosia? But props for keeping it real.

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