Questions to ask? Comments to make? We want to hear from you. Your email is never published nor shared. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Discover the South with PorterBriggs. Citrus in the Stocking Despite the ready availability of citrus fruits today, the tradition of putting oranges in the toes of Christmas stockings persists photo courtesy of Henry10 Just as in other places in the country, Southern Christmas mornings are all abuzz. Yes, oranges. This tradition can be traced back to the earliest days of our nation, when citrus fruit out of season was a luxury that few could afford.
Having already developed a keen bit of obdurate independence, the hard-tack islanders thoughtfully chewed on the concept, then informed the messengers that they were more than welcome to celebrate the season any day they wished, but for them, the old date still worked just fine.
Coconut Cake Light and fluffy as new-fallen snow, traditional coconut cake is a labor of love photo courtesy of Toby Oxborrow Much like citrus in the stocking, the prevalence of coconut cake at Christmas time is a Southern tradition born of seasonal indulgence: coconuts would arrive in Southern port cities from the Caribbean just in time for the holidays.
But the Christmas coconut-cake tradition can also be largely attributed to Southern weather. Coconut cake calls for seven-minute icing, which—under the best of conditions—can be done with about the same ease and grace as putting socks on a rooster.
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Success depends largely on maintaining the delicate balance of three factors: beating the ingredients steadily over simmering water, timing the process to the nth degree, and, most importantly, staying away from humidity at all costs. No such luck in the United States, where paper hats are less common and Christmas crackers are virtually unheard of.
Just think of all the rubbish jokes Americans are missing out on! You might think the absence of the Christmas cracker would make for a rather underwhelming Boxing Day —the day after Christmas, when the remaining crackers are often pulled. One thing America does have in abundance, though, is lights.
The extravagant Christmas decorations you may have seen in films like Home Alone are real, and some homeowners even turn their houses into full-on light shows with Christmas-themed music blasting from a PA system. Driving through American suburbia at Christmas can sometimes feel like a tour of Disney World. But while the U.
Firstly, there is no place in American popular culture for the Christmas number one! Despite the popularity of shows such as American Idol and X-Factor the latter of which has, to much derision, produced several Christmas number one artists in the U. Billboard Hot does not place extra emphasis on the artist or group that is number one at Christmas.
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Secondly, at a time of year when Brits are used to seeing washed-up celebrities ply their seasonal trade in the latest pantomime, the U. For all of these subtle differences, though, even the most stubborn of British expats would find it hard not to enjoy Christmas—with its multitude of lights and bombast—in America. The key point is that both countries are very good at harnessing the Christmas spirit.
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