Here in the south, it’s all about family. That’s why we take our traditions so seriously…. And have so many of them! Certain traditions are passed down from generation to generation, allowing us to keep the past alive. Many of these traditions are so old and widespread across the south that they’ve become part of our culture! Though there are hundreds of traditions, this is a list of 7 southern traditions that we love.
1.) Monograms: The rich history of monograms actually dates back to 350 B.C. They have been a beloved part of Greek and English culture for thousands of years, yet, here in the South, we’ve taken monogramming to a whole different level. A monogram is not limited to one item. Initials can be etched onto almost everything from tumblers to sweatshirts and even pillowcases! Not only are they cute and trendy, but it makes it hard for anyone to steal your stuff. The bright colors and patterns of modern southern monograms dominate the market for customized items below the Mason-Dixon Line, and we wouldn’t want to have it any other way.
2.) Sunday Best: Everyone in the south knows that Sunday is the Lord’s day, and you better dress the part! For decades, southerners have crossed the church’s threshold in their “Sunday best,” and this tradition has stood the test of time in many places. While northerners may argue that it’s not the 1950s, we’ll keep wearing our spiffy outfits to church and brunch every week!
3.) Casseroles: Whether someone died, had a baby, or got married, a casserole will surely make its way to their door. If delivering casseroles for every occasion is wrong, then we don’t want to be right! This tradition dates back several decades and maintains its strength in the south. Every mom and grandma has a special pyrex dish reserved for tasty casseroles in the event of a celebration or crisis. Casseroles are a symbol of southern hospitality that is both comforting and tasty!
4.) Ma’am and Sir: A true southern child is raised in a household where the words “ma’am” and “sir” follow nearly every phrase. In a world where respect seems to be dwindling, southerners instill the importance of manners in their children at a very young age. The words show respect for adults, and for many folks in the south, it’s become a habit that we hope never goes out of style.
5.) Wearing Pearls: While other parts of the country attribute pearls to old age, ladies of all ages accessorize with pearls down south. Many women own a string passed down through their family, and all women who wear pearls serve as a reminder of timeless beauty and classic southern fashion.
6.) Thank You Notes: Here in the south, a mere text will not suffice. If someone gets you a gift or does something nice for you, you’re expected to mail them a thank you note in a timely manner. While some people may disagree with the importance of thank-you notes, southerners know that a thoughtful handwritten note goes a long way.
7.) Homecoming Mums: Nothing says celebration like petite teenage girls wearing giant colorful mums. This homecoming tradition has been a beloved southern practice for decades. While it may seem impractical (and it probably is), we love seeing the creative lineup at local high schools year after year. The kids love to participate, and the parents love to be involved. The hallmark of every good tradition -- everyone has fun!