Christmas Traditions in the South on The Southern Weekend

Finally, Christmas Traditions in the South is available for reading on The Southern Weekend! I am SO proud to be regularly writing for The Southern Weekend, where you can find great content about… you guessed it… The South! TSW publishes great videos, photos, stories, and features event information surrounding locations all over the American South, and whether you’re a Southerner, looking to visit The South, or just curious about what goes on down here, this website is worth every second of your time. My first article for The Southern Weekend went live last week, but things have been so crazy over here with Christnas and four kids running around the house that I haven’t had time to tell y’all about it! Go read Christmas Traditions in the South and let me know what you think! The editors of The Southern Weekend and I have cooked up a lot of great ideas for posts, so you’ll be seeing my work over there several times a month. Be sure to share it with your friends if you like it… and of course you’ll like it, because The South and Christmas go together like biscuits and gravy. You’ll be able to find all…

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Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights

Is there an annual attraction or experience you’ve always admired from afar, thinking “Man, that’s something I’d love to see”? I have an entire bucket list of these, and last night was an exciting chance for me to mark one of them off! Seeing Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights finally became a reality for me, and it was even more amazing than I’d always imagined it would be. Yesterday afternoon all six of us, along with two friends of ours and their sweet daughter, G, loaded up and headed to Bellingrath Gardens (just outside of Mobile, Alabama) for an evening of fun. Originally a fishing camp purchased for relaxation by Walter Bellingrath, Mobile’s original Coca-Cola bottler, Bellingrath Gardens is a high-priority destination for lovers of beautiful horticulture, gardening, and history. His wife, Bessie, was well-known in Mobile for her gardening skills, particularly her azaleas, and began bringing cuttings from her plants out to the fishing camp. The Gardens grew more impressive each year, but grew phenomenally after the Bellingraths toured luxurious gardens throughout Europe. They sought out a prominent Mobile architect, George Rogers, to design a master plan for their elaborate gardens in addition to the 10,000+ square foot…

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10 Country Stars From Alabama

It’s no secret that the American South has given birth to a substantial number of influential musicians, but did you know that Alabama, specifically, can lay claim to many of the Country Music stars we know and love? That’s right, the nation just can’t get enough of this state’s sound and love the artists Southern drawls in addition to the amazing lyrics they’ve penned. The origins of these noteworthy Alabamians are spread throughout the state, from the Gulf Coast to the Mountains of the north, and can be found in the early years of popular country music all the way up to hot new stars of the hour. Check out this list of Country Stars that are from Alabama: 10)JAMEY JOHNSON Hailing from Montgomery, Alabama, Jamey Johnson took the Country Music scene by storm with his distinctive voice and a sound that’s more typical of classic Country Music than most of today’s new stars. With songs like “In Color” and “Give it Away” Johnson has won numerous country music awards and the hearts of fans. 9) SHENANDOAH This popular group was formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and had chart-topping songs throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, like “Sunday in the South,…

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