Christmas Traditions in the South

Southern Christmas

Situated smack dab in between Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, Southern is... well... in the South. Although the Christmas traditions around here are pretty much the same as those around the country, our research showed three distinct holiday traditions that are found only in the South.

Deep-fried turkey—The South is known for deep frying pretty much everything: deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried veggies, deep-fried butter. The Southern Weekend begs the question as to why then the centerpiece of the family Christmas dinner should be any different. 

Oranges in stockings—Florida is one of the biggest exporter of oranges throughout the world. In fact, its state fruit is the orange. It is not surprising then that a tradition of stuffing this healthy fruit into Christmas stocking developed in the South.

Poinsettias—You will see this red-leafed plant literally everywhere. At front porches, at church, at your doctor's office, and even weaved into evergreen garlands. BravoTV traced the start of this tradition in the U.S. back to the 1800s when Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett brought back clippings of the plant from Mexico and started growing it. With a rate of about $6 a pot at Walmart, poinsettias make for some cheery and affordable decorations.

These are only the top three of Christmas traditions in the South. If you know of more, let us know in the comments below! Happy Holidays, folks!

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