A Southern Christmas

By Bette Lee Crosby / December 23, 2012

southernsundayslogoOkay, I know it’s not Sunday, but it is almost  Christmas so I’m sharing a wonderful article written by Alle Wells, our Southern Sunday Feature Writer. I read this story and nodded along with each and every sentence. Yes, I know I’ll overindulge, but that’s okay. I promise to go back to healthy eating as of January 1stt…well, unless there’s a New Year’s Day Party, in which case…. 

SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS FOOD by Alle Wells

Several years ago, I began living an organic-vegetarian lifestyle.  I look forward to sharing my complete journey toTwitterProfile alternative living with you in 2013.

In the meantime, there’s Christmas. All year long, I enjoy the benefits of free-flowing arteries and the free-style cooking required for my organic subsistence. That is, until the holidays roll around. Although I try to stand firm in my commitment to clean eating, who can resist the wonderful traditions of the holidays?

Every good Southern Christmas get-together starts with Great-grandmother Wells’ special dish filled with a variety of candied nuts. The familiar Christmas tablecloth is all but hidden beneath mounds of yummy pre-meal delights. There’s an assortment of chocolate and peanut butter fudge, one with nuts and one without. No traditional Southern Christmas appetizer table is complete without a taste of heavenly divinity candy made with lots of sugar and corn syrup, candied fruit and nuts. A steamer filled with Little Smokies floating in grape jelly and barbeque sauce sits next to a pile of cheesy sausage balls. Aaahh! You have now entered Celestial Cholesterol City!

A Southern Christmas dinner just wouldn’t be up to par without pineapple-glazed ham, sweet potato casserole topped with sugared pecans and marshmallows, golden macaroni and cheese, and good ol’ collard greens swimming in a little bit of pot liquor.  And don’t forget those fluffy, buttermilk biscuits that rise as high as Flo’s hair in Railroad Man!  Last, but never least, a Southern Christmas meal must end with a couple of slabs of 3-day coconut cake that’s worth dying for!

Every year around this time, my energy level drops a bit and an extra pound or two is added to the scale—just because.  I hope you’ll join me in 2013 as I share my journey to a healthier alternative lifestyle.

Until then…

Wishing you and yours the merriest!

Alle

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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