You know her well. There’s at least one in each family and several in each neighborhood . . . the ultimate Southern Christmas Queen. Not content with only one measly Christmas tree, she’s been washed and redeemed by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future, and isn’t happy until every single surface is glittering like the heavenly streets of gold (or silver, depending upon her theme that year).
Having grown up wearing rhinestone tiaras, and twirling silvery batons while wearing 20 pounds of sequins, belles know how important the element of “shine” is to the season. Besides, with the South’s balmy temperatures, a good Queen knows that a little shake of shimmer (and a slight adjustment to the AC) can transport us to the chilly North Pole.
Spray painting everything that will hold still, except for the 15 casseroles she’ll bake, the local hardware stores know to stock up on their metallic selections no later than December 1st. It’s at that time, in backyards all over Dixie, you’ll hear the, “Pshhht – pshhht” as magnolia leaves, vines, and pinecones get doused with a coat or two of shimmer (and yet another good reason to subscribe to the newspaper).
I ran out to get my obligatory can or two (or six), of spray paint, and judging by what was left, it seems this year, gold is still the number one choice, although shiny red is gaining popularity with some in Alabama for its . . .
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