Deep-fried Christmas turkey, anyone?

Tom Tapp dressed as Santa Claus walks along the beach passing out candy canes and posing for pictures with beach goers on December 20, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Joe Raedle / Getty Images

I grew up in Davie, Florida, a town about 20 minutes west of Ft. Lauderdale and about an hour north of bustling Miami. While most people today wouldn’t typically consider Broward County part of the traditional “South,” my town was very much a down-home, Southern values kind of place.

Davie is famous for its wide open spaces, beautiful horse farms, and lush orange groves. Every year, the town puts on the annual Orange Blossom Festival parade and rodeo championship. People ride their horses up and down Davie Road., where you can check out the old Davie school house or drop by Grif's tack shop. Local residents dance the night away at The Roundup while tourists check out the wildlife at Flamingo Gardens. Oh, and if you want the best BBQ in South Florida, you know where to go: Shorty’s.

Now that I’ve proven myself a true Southerner, let’s talk about something only true Southerners can relate to: celebrating Christmas below the Mason-Dixon line. Below are 13 things you'll understand if you grew up spending the holiday season in the South.

Advertisement