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. Here at PorterBriggs.com we believe the South is simply the Nicest Place for Christmas.