Christmas in the South

December 1, 2014


cotton field in Baldwin County Alabama

So, we’ve no snow. Just fields of white cotton.

Christmas seashells
Seashells and glitter give us a feel of sparkling ice crystals.

Of course, living in the South, we have to take precautions with our decorations. Oh, how we love to spray paint everything and glitter the Charles Dickens out of it. But first . . . take care of those pesky bugs!



A balmy walk on the beach is often part of our Christmas day traditions.


We hang seashells on our trees

And use lots of magnolia and pine in our natural decorations.



Every now and then, you can find us decorating our Christmas trees while wearing shorts. The heat doesn’t mind the calendar at all.


Santa wears short sleeves and Rudolph eats grits. (At least that’s what we were told).


Starfish cinnamon stick napkin rings

We decorate with what we have on hand. Cotton, dried flowers, grapevine wreaths, and yes . . . I’ve put dried okra pods on my Christmas tree, and yes . . . it was lovely. I promise. I’ll have to dig up a photo to prove it to you.


Coastal Christmas PillowWhen we saw Santa in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly on December 18th, it was easy to explain to the children he was taking a little vacation before his big night of traveling around the world. It made perfect sense to the kiddies. Why wouldn’t Santa want to come down South to relax? It’s a great place to recharge!



To see many more great ideas, stories, and projects and recipes that reflect a beautiful and magical Christmas in the South, click over to my Christmas in the South Pinterest Page. And of course, Happy decorating, y’all.


  • I’m so far from catching up on commenting on blog posts I’ve missed. Got off schedule with the holidays. This is lovely Leslie Anne. I love Christmas at the beach and decor using seashells. I have slipped a couple of small tabletop trees in with my decorations and they are covered in shells. They make me think of the beach, my favorite place to escape too. We have had many Christmases when we had the AC going full blast. This is a Sweet post.

    • Hey Emily! Hope you had a great Christmas, and yes, if we love the beach, its difficult to remove it from the other time of year we love, Christmas!

  • Leslie Anne, your photographs are so pretty! I’m loving the candy canes in the sand…and the wreath on the boat.
    Looking forward to Tuesday!

  • Great post. Love the cotton everywhere, napkins with greenery, cinnamon and starfish. So cute. Urn with greenery and cotton is so striking. I might have to copy that idea.

    I will check out your Pinterest page.

    Would you believe your blog is still not updating on my blogroll? So irritating. We are still on Glenwood Estates!!!!

  • So true! It was 70 degrees here today – December 1st! That last photo of cotton in an urn is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • I am dying to decorate for Christmas this way. I might do it here next year, even though I am landlocked. I suppose it is a pardonable offense?

    • Leslie Anne says:

      You’re a beach-babe at heart. Go for it!

  • Your photos are great! What’s not to love about seashell theme decorations?

  • Leslie Anne…. Great pics! There is a lot of shells and pretty seaside ornaments because we are a beach community. I just love the looks of it. Have a wonderful week! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Leslie Anne says:

      You have it best – beach and a snowy winter!

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