A Southern State of Mind Series

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Tomorrow starts Country Belle Chic’s “A Southern State of Mind” series! Every now and then, I will highlight a classic Southern city or town. For each place, I will give you the insider’s scoop on where to visit, where to eat, and the history of that place.

What better way to start this series than with my hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina! Y’all come back, now!

Picture Credit: Country Belle Chic

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A Country Belle Chic’s 12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

It is hard to believe we are already celebrating day 10 out of our 12 days of Christmas! When they say time flies, they really mean time flies! Every year at Christmas, I like to take a moment to stop and reflect on the past year and the meaning of the season. Also during this time, I like to make new memories with my friends and family by reliving our Christmas traditions. Below are my top 5 favorite Christmas traditions!

5. Reading the Christmas story from the Bible before Christmas day lunch: Every year on Christmas day, right before my family’s meal, the youngest in the family (who is able to read) reads the Christmas story, Luke 2:1-20, to everyone. Helps everyone remember the true reason for the season. 

4. Christmas Eve Lovefeast: Being from North Carolina, the traditional Moravian Christmas Eve lovefeast is something you grow up with. My favorite part: the congregation singing ‘Morning Star’ and the church sanctuary being lit by all the candles as everyone raises their candles to the ceiling.

3. Busting through Wrapping Paper on a Doorway Christmas Morning: Who doesn’t like waking up Christmas morning and wanting to see what Santa brought? But before you can do that, you have to bust through wrapping paper that covers the doorway to the tree first!

2. Listening to Christmas songs as We make Christmas Cookies: Bring out the George Strait, Scotty McCreery, and this year, ‘Duck the Halls!’ A few days before Christmas, my family makes Christmas cookies, while listening to classic country Christmas songs.

1. Spending time with my family: Ok, this might not be a true tradition, but family members always seem to come home during Christmas time. I guess it’s the magic in the air! 

A Country Belle’s 12 Days of Christmas: Day 3

On the third day of Christmas, a country belle gave to me: a cheery Christmas song to brighten my day!

Enjoy Little Big Town’s ‘Tennessee Christmas’ from last years’ CMA Country Christmas! Happy Wednesday!

Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibP0VqWZ5_s

All My Ex’s Live in Texas…Or At Preschool Graduation

Preschool graduations are always full of fun, laughter, memories, and George Strait. At his preschool graduation in 2011, one four year old ceased his moment in the spotlight. Once he finished reciting the Bible, he started singing “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.” Looks as if we have a future comedian or country singer here. Happy Friday!

Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIvupevIc44

Don’t Mess with Texas

“There’s a yellow rose in Texas that I am gonna see. Nobody else could miss her, not half as much as me.” The song, The Yellow Rose of Texas, has always been one of my favorites! Moma used to sing it to me, growing up and called me her yellow rose of Texas. Just call me a Texas belle.

Ok, you might be thinking “Isn’t she a North Carolina belle?” Yes, I am; however, I was born in Texas. My daddy was in the Army and stationed at Fort Hood at the time I was born.  Even though, I didn’t get a good sense of living in the Lone Star state (I was only two months old when my family moved back to NC) Texas will always hold a special place in my heart.  After all, you don’t mess with Texas.