CULTURE: Thanksgiving Traditions in the South

Nov 13 2012

by Kate Spears

Thanksgiving is approaching and it’s definitely a holiday ripe with southern traditions. In my opinion, this holiday just isn’t complete without a southern relish tray.

There’s something about those little nibbles set out before all the food is ready, as my grandma would say “to tide us over” until time to eat.

Of course, in a perfect world we’ve got jars and jars of home-canned pickles, relish and chow-chow to enjoy.

In my world, it’s more like store-bought but there are plenty of wonderful southern artisan offerings, including a favorite of mine, Phickles Pickles. Their pickled okra sure is tasty.

I’m sure your family has its own beloved holiday traditions but whatever they may be, I hope you enjoy yourselves!

I’m so thankful to be part of this wonderful southern community and I’m thankful for you too!

-Kate (Southern Belle Simple)


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Kate Spears is a self-proclaimed Southern belle who grew up in a tiny town near Nashville, but now calls Knoxville home. She graduated from the University of Tennessee (Big Orange Country!) with an undergraduate degree in art history and a master’s in public relations & advertising. In 2009, she started her blog, Southern Belle Simple, with the simple hope of giving herself a creative outlet. She continues to be amazed each time it leads to a new opportunity and cherishes the relationships that are formed along the way.

Kate is passionate about family history, time-honored traditions, and her Southern heritage. Her people hail from across the South, from the Lone Star State of Texas to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. She grew up spending summers on her great-grandparents’ Tennessee farm where she developed a deep appreciation and admiration for people who could coax beautiful and delicious things out of a mound of dirt. She comes from faithful men, devoted women, hard workers and wickedly good cooks.

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2 responses on “CULTURE: Thanksgiving Traditions in the South

  1. hollyphillipstheenglishroom

    Cannot wait to order Phickles. I am currently a Wickles devotee. Love a Relish tray…

  2. violetgardens


    what do you stuff the celery and cherry tomatoes with, we ALWAYS also had a relish tray,…..and Wickles are a must this year as well. LOVE them.

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