Everywhere has certain holiday traditions and events associated with Christmas, and Alabama is no exception. Whether you’re new to the South, just visiting, or live here full time, there is no denying the details that make an Alabama Christmas its own.
• No Chance of Snow: Instead of a white Christmas, we usually get stuck with rain and tornado-rate temperatures. Snow chances actually increase in February or even March, usually coinciding with what our grandmas refer to as “Blackberry Winter.”
• Country Santa Claus: You can count on seeing at least one country Santa, like this one at the Tuscaloosa Barnyard.
• Hog Killing: My husband’s family will also shoot guns, but have a live target as well. They usually kill a hog on December 26 and then cook it all day.
• You Break Out the Fine China: Just to clarify, I am referring to Chinet plates and Red Solo Cups. Nobody wants to do dishes, and Christmas dinner tends to include extended family and friends, so you probably don’t have enough “real” dishes anyway. Plus, it helps to be able to label your cup with a Sharpie.