A Mississippi Christmas

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Mississippi Christmas. My gracious…just saying those two words floods my mind with memories and magnolia wreathes, evergreen stems and pine cones. With gingerbread and sugar cookies all iced and covered with sprinkles, with mounds of marshmallows in a Santa mug steaming with hot cocoa. With the sounds of Perry Como Christmas songs (yes, that is THE Best Christmas album ever!!), to watching for the umpth-tenth time “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” Oh and “The Little Drummer Boy!” That HAS to be my favorite!!

From vintage dishes setting a beautiful table, to making an entry that welcome this Christmas time, wrapping gifts, draping garland across banisters and mantles, and plenty of baking in the kitchen … it’s all simply a part of a Mississippi Christmas.

And when it comes to Mississippi Christmas decor, I want to share a few photos with you that captures just how we do things here in the south!

Magnolia leaves and cotton. Take a ride to the Delta and you will find fields and fields of cotton. Put these two together and you actually have a very simple, natural and beautiful arrangement.

This year, what seems to be a Christmas decor trend is … less is more. People are placing more focus on the “people” in their life and wanting a home that is warm, inviting, and not too over-done – making the home feel crowded and chaotic.

A long stand of garland, pine cones, floral wire, and oversized red ribbon and you can drape your banisters with beautiful simple touches of Christmas. Or use this same idea to top a kitchen hutch or place across the top of an armoire in a guest room.

If you have a Magnolia wreath, you have a wreath for all seasons. At Christmas, take clippings from a tree or strand of garland and tuck (using floral wire) stems into the wreath. Add clusters of acorns and you have a beautiful Christmas wreath.

Every year, we make our run to our local greenery and bag up clippings from trees. Stuffing them with tall sticks into outdoor urns, placing them across a mantle, or filling up decorative containers with real cypress and evergreen clippings makes for a very simple and inexpensive Christmas touch all throughout the house. Mixing the evergreen clippings with fern fonds is also so pretty!

A Mississippi Christmas is incomplete without plenty of home-baked treats. Pies, cakes, “just-a-bit” sized treats…all makes for a indulgent Christmas with family and friends!

Whatever and however you celebrate Christmas, maybe you are a little inspired with a Mississippi Christmas…it’s simple. Clean. (usually not with a whole lot of glitter), and full of feasting with folks we love! A Mississippi Christmas is warm, hospitable, never without hot cocoa or cider, thoughtful giving, remembering, laughing, singing …but most of all — celebrating the true GIFT of our life. The Gift of Jesus Christ – the celebration of His birth is why the Mississippi Christmas party begins for many of us right after Thanksgiving. We are ready and love getting more ready to focus on the REAL reason for the season. Jesus.

Yes, y’all, a Mississippi Christmas is a merry one because of its true meaning – the celebrating with family and friends the happiest and merriest time of year! Jesus’ birthday!

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  1. Leslie on January 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Lisa, I’m so happy to see your new You Tube video out and your word “Absolutely” speaks to me! Can’t wait to see how God will use that series in my life! I’m browsing back through your blogs and this Christmas one is stunning and the decor you share resonates with my taste. Providing a beautiful Sounthern home but of good smells and tastes! I’m always loving your ideas on decor and Bible studies alike. You’re a blessed lady!!
    Blessings from KY,

    • Lisa Rippy on January 4, 2018 at 11:31 am

      So glad you’ll be joining me in this journey of defining our absolutes!

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