Christmas in the South 2015

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There’s no denying that Christmas is a magical time of year across the country. But here in the South, those warm special somethings that are the hallmark of the season elsewhere—food, faith, family, and old-fashioned fun—already exist in abundance year-round, and the spirit of the season is simply unsurpassed.

So here’s to tightly bundled, backwoods hayrides; toasty eggnog-evenings by a crackling fireplace; the perfect, fluffy white coating on an Appalachian hillside (or the even more perfect one gracing a heavy-handed slice of coconut cake); popcorn-strung trees; citrus-stuffed stockings; and the man in big red suit with a trademark twinkle and Southern drawl. The South is simply the Nicest Place for Christmas.

So grab a story or two out of the bag below, cozy up by the fire, and celebrate Christmas in the South with us throughout the month of December—or, heck, you can come back and enjoy ’em all year long!


brunch 2Christmas Brunch
For many, Christmas morning is the most wonderful moment in the most wonderful time of the year. Why not top it off with a Christmas morning brunch to help you hold onto the warm and cozy just a bit longer?


Christmas-Lights-feature 5 Southern Christmas Light Displays You Can’t Miss
From Texas to Florida, the South is all lit up with Christmas. Here are five of the Christmas-lights best!



Minnigerode-feature “The Minnigerode” and the Christmas Tree
If you took “the tree” out of the average American Christmas experience, the holiday would largely be unrecognizable. And yet did you know that this seemingly dyed-in-the-wool Yuletide element has only been popular in our country since the nineteenth century?


Christmastown-feature Christmastown, USA
Take a tour of McAdenville, North Carolina, and discover why the town has become known as Christmastown, USA.



divinity-feature-2 Divinity, aka Southern Candy
Soft and sweet with just a hint of crumble, divinity is the Christmastime favorite in the South and well beyond.



Poinsettia-feature The Poinsettia’s Southern Progenitor
When Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American diplomat and botanist on assignment in Mexico, first sighted a roadside poinsettia in 1828, he immediately sent cuttings back to his greenhouse in Greenville. The rest is history.


Lighting-the-way-feature Lighting the Way for Papa Noel: St. James’s Bonfire Capital of the World
Who needs electricity? Nobody lights up Christmas quite like the river folk of southern Louisiana