Time has flown by and Christmas Day is days away! Arkansas is ready; we’re always ready for Christmas. The Natural State gets several opportunities during the year to display its beauty, and Christmas is one of the bigger stages where we show our stuff. There are several reasons spending Christmas in Arkansas is ideal. Even if the weather fluctuates from year to year, Arkansans never waver when it comes to decorating, cooking, baking and overall enjoying the spirit of the season.
10. The beverages
Arkansas-made wines and beers are great gifts for the specialty beverage-drinker in your life! There are a lot of varieties around the Natural State that will please many palates; both Post Winery and Wiedehrkehr Wines are popular for gift giving as well as the multitude of delicious beer from local Arkansas breweries.
9. The Ozarks
Christmas in the Ozarks is a special time. There's a Christmas festival or local holiday gathering always in the area that involves the community and gives visitors an authentic experience of a country Christmas.
8. The Christmas tree smell
If you're willing to put in the maintenance and care for a real Christmas tree and protect your home from hazards, the reward is lovely. You'll have memories of the unforgettable smell of pine wafting through your home and giving your Christmas decorations an extra boost.
7. The desserts
Oh, the desserts! Pecan pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, date nut cakes, butter cream cakes, sugar and gingerbread cookies; Arkansas makes Christmas sweets just as well as we do a fine holiday dinner.
6. The parades
The Arkansas town Christmas parades usher the season in, and they're always fun to attend with the family or friends. Schools are represented, floats are made, and local residents feel a strong sense of Christmas spirit and community pride at these great events.
5. The decorations
If the outside twinkling lights didn't capture your imagination, surely the interior of an Arkansas home will let you know that it's Christmas! Decorations from the beloved tree to the table settings are done up in a holiday style; everything is fancily done because it's only once a year we can celebrate this festively!
4. The living Nativity scenes
The dedication and devotion of Arkansas congregation members to show a grateful, humble spirit by portraying the Holy Family in the stable is always moving. Many Arkansans don't go a season without checking out a living Nativity portrayal.
3. The parties and gatherings
Arkansans are so imbued with Christmas spirit that it's not uncommon to see a holiday gathering congregate after a few friends just happen to meet up while shopping for gifts. Parties that are planned here can be either elaborate displays or peaceful get-togethers. People in Arkansas are always happy to get together for a Christmas party.
2. The house lights
This Benton house decked out in Christmas lights is one of many great examples of how entire neighborhoods around Arkansas love to show their holiday spirit. It's a tradition for many to ride around admiring various houses. Some residents put on extremely well-done shows on their properties with synchronized music and lights each year.
1. The main street decorations
Downtown areas all across Arkansas get festive at Christmas time! Every holiday season brings the beauty of familiar decorations, making Main Streets and shop windows around the Natural State quite brilliant.
It’s a wonderful life, and it’s a wonderful time to be alive in Arkansas! How many of you are already filled with the holiday spirit? Leave a comment on how an Arkansas Christmas is spending time in true holiday glory. Share your best holiday memories!