Christmas in Small Town Mississippi


Photo by Tammy Lochmann
Photo by Tammy Lochmann

Madison/Ridgeland Mississippi Christmas

Christmas is a magical time in "small town Mississippi".  We may lack snow and cold weather, but the people make up for that in spirit.

There are lots of goings on this time of year in "small town Mississippi". There are parades, school concerts, and many other celebrations. There are so many organizations that offer programs and celebrations for the communities they serve at Christmas time.

Karate Kicks Christmas

Photo by Tammy Lochmann
Photo by Tammy Lochmann

Santa Kicks

This is a Karate demonstration put on by the Reservoir YMCA Seibukan Karate Club to benefit a local charity. They offer a wonderful Karate demonstration with music and narration by Sensei Tommy Turk. Also a raffle and a visit by Santa who shows off his karate skills and brings treats to all the children and special guests.

It is really fun to watch and benefits a local charity.  Sensei Tommy Turk does all the choreographing and setting up of the demonstration himself.  He is a great member of the community and gives back as much as he can.  

The Nutcracker 2008

courtesy of MMDA
courtesy of MMDA

Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet's Nutcracker

Annually each Holliday Season, Mississippi Metropolitan Dance academy performs the Nutcracker. They hold a silent auction and tea party after some of the performances. All dancers are students of the Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy (MMDA). Jennifer Beasley is the Artistic Director. Ms Beasley is committed to nurturing the young dancers of tomorrow.

The Ballet is held each year on the first weekend of December at the Madison Center for the Arts in downtown Madison. This is a wonderful show of all the hard work the MMDA dancers put in over the year. Dancers must audition for the parts in this special production. The sets are spectacular and the costumes are magical. MMDA is a dance school that teaches dancers from preschool to professional.

Courtesy of Madison County Strings.
Courtesy of Madison County Strings.

Madison County Strings

Madison County Strings under the direction of Mrs. Stephanie Maisel. This is an orchestra made up of elementary, middle, high school aged children. Truly a sight to behold. They hold a concert before Christmas (free to anyone who would like to attend) showcasing the talents of all the students.

Mrs. Maisel coordinates nearly 100 school aged children to all play either cello or violin together, and it actually sounds fantastic. My child is part of this group and he really likes it. Mrs. Maisel makes it so much fun for the children that they are eager to show off all that they learn. This program runs throughout the year. There are several performance opportunities during the year.

Spirit of Christmas

I have offered just a small sample of the Christmas happenings in my small town Mississippi.  There are folks who go all out with fantastic light displays on their homes.  We still love to drive about at Christmas time to see the lights.  I remember as a child how the lights looked in the snow.  My daughter saw snow for the first time last week (freak snow shower in Central Mississippi).  My daughter was so excited she talked about it for days.  

I wish all a Merry Christmas and glad tidings in the New Year!

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TattoGuy 7 years ago

I wud deff get a kick out of the karate thing but deff no nutcracker for BadCo lol, and as for the Madison Strings, noooooo. The Captain tis only interested in the CabinGirls G-String and that's like dental floss, and as for Christmas Spirit, well ya know what spirits I like, doncha ; )

Merry Xmas ; )

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

BadCo, thanks for being Johnny on the spot...speaking of Johnny did you post his tattoos yet? LOL...Some places here don't even sell hard liquor this might not be any place for Badco...I know where to find the stuff though.

Merry Christmas to you my friend! Tammy

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Snow in Mississippi? That must have been an incredible treat! It's great to see that in the small towns, people are so active and involved in their respective communities. In the city, many people just don't give a hoot. Thanks for sharing this, Tammy!

Merry Christmas to you too!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks Dohn, I always look forward to seeing your comments. I feel honored that you would read me as you are such a terrific writer.

Warm wishes to you and yours this holiday season! Tammy

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mega1 7 years ago

I grew up in small Kansas town and have some memories that can never again be duplicated of Christmas there. It was really special, so I know how you treasure your small town experiences!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Mega1...I grew up in a small town too. I still cherish those memories! Thankyou for reading and commenting.

Happy Holidays, Tammy

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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Thank you for giving us a little bit of Christmas from Mississippi. When I was a child spelling your state name at age 6 was one of the first longest words I ever learned how to spell I just had to share that in your hub. Merry Christmas! :)

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

AEvans...Thank you for reading and for your comment. Thank goodness for fond childhood memories.

Merry Christmas, Tammy

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bearclawmedia 7 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

You did it again Tammy, love your style and all your hard work. You deserve the nugget mate! Good luck

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author I wasn't aware I was nominated until your note here. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Happy Holidays, Tammy

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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

I was raised in a small town in Tennessee, this hub brings back fun memories of that time. Thanks for sharing and congrats for being selected as a HubNugget Wannabe! :)

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Money Glitch...Thank you for stopping in and reading. The Hubnugget thing was a nice surprise. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

Tammy :-D

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Christmas does bring about a wonderful spirit that gives birth to wonderful activities :) Thanks for sharing your Christmas in Mississippi. LOL I'm making sure I am getting the spelling right for this one. Congratulations from the Hubnuggets Team for your nomination. Spread some Christmas cheer by sharing your hub and asking your friends and family to vote for your hub. This way please: Hohoho Merry Christmas Tammy! :)

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by Ripplemaker. It's always nice to see you. Have a Wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thanks again! Tammy

Lisa B 7 years ago

Hey, you forgot Christmas in Small Town Ontario!!! Surprisingly, much like Christmas in Small Town Mississippi....LOL

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christalluna1124 7 years ago from Dallas Texas


MERRY CHRISTMAS to my native Mississippian. Best wishes for a Happy Holiday. I remember the small time Mississippi Christmases, stringing popcorn, pulling taffy and most of all lots of love between me and my sibilings even though we didn't have much. Thanks for reminding me!!!

Warmest regards,


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Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Tammy, a lovely hub! thank you for sharing a little bit of Mississippi with us. You are from Canada originally and your daughter has never seen snow? Been awhile since you been up home? Or do you just do the smart thing and travel during the spring, summer and fall months?

Congratulations on a job well done and on your HubNugget Nomination!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Christal...glad I could give you a chance to reminisce thanks for reading I have been at work so I haven't had time to do much reading. I need to get caught up. Merry Christmas to you!

Duchess...LOL We do our travelling in the summer. We aren't partial to the cold weather any more. Thanks for reading and the congrats. It's always great to see you! I look forward to seeing your comments. BTW did you see that you were on the list that AEvans wrote up of the 200 best new writers of 2009? If you haven't go and check it out it is on her main page (you can vote for your favs)...oh and Merry Christmas!

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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Christmas here in SOuth GA is very similar to where you are. Enjoyed the read! Merry christmas to you and your family, Tammy!


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thanks for reading and commenting. I always look forward to your visits!

Merry Christmas to you! Tammy

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Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Oh, I saw the list Tammy and I saw you on the list. You made one of the categories in my voting list! Thanks for the heads up!

Yes, and a Merry Christmas to you as well!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

You too Duchess...definitely one of my faves!

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msannec 7 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

Wow, awesome! Sounds like Madison is really in the Christmas spirit, lots of fun things going on. I bet everyone is having a fabulous time. Love the post.

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wolfpack5 7 years ago from Alberta Canada

Great hub Tammy, makes me home sick for Georgia :)

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johnnyco12 7 years ago from Pascagoula, Ms

Well Tambo,

you have proven yourself, as not only a writer by a community reporter as well! Great Job as always and best of luck as well.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Thank you wolfpack5, I love the south.

Johnny, Thanks your validation is greatly appreciated.

Merry Christmas to you both.

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IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

Loved your hub Tammy:)

You covered so many aspects of the Christmas festivities I almost want to be there! There is nothing doing here for Christmas. The Spanish don't celebrate it. They celibrate Epithany on the 6th of January instead! Mind you it's all for the kids, isn't it?

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Izzy (I love that name!)...It is mostly for the kids but it's fun for me as a parent to see them so happy and excited and to show off their talents in all the pageants and concerts they put on. They work really hard on them and they are so proud of their accomplishments.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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Wonderful, joyful hub Tammy.

I have never been to America, but after reading this I know how beautiful Mississippi is at Christmas. This took me right there, it was lovely. I would dearly love to go to America and see what a beautiful place it is in real life.

Well done too on your nomination for Hubnuggets, I am so happy for you, well deserved, Tammy God Bless and Merry Christmas to you and all your family, BB

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itakins 7 years ago from Irl


Lovely interesting hub-don't know how it slipped by me for so long!Congrats on nomination -well deserved.

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

BB...Thanks for reading, really appreciate your comments. Australia is a far more beautiful place than here. Merry Christmas.

Itakins...Better late than never, Merry Christmas and thanks for reading and commenting.

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lorlie6 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

This hub DOES make me miss Alabama, but I get even more of a small town feeling now in Bishop, Ca...Pop. 4,000!

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Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Really nice Tammy, I saw the Nutcracker a bunch when I lived in West Allis we drove to Milwaukee to see it. I love living in a smaller town, we spent the last seven years in Chicago and now we're in a town called Cottage Grove near Madison, WI it's great. The town put Christmas lights right in front of our house/apartment. Hope you all had a great Christmas!

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Ben...I grew up in an even smaller town than the one I live in now in Northern Ontario. I love christmas lights. thanks for reading and commenting.

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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

very nice one, it is lively indeed and it is nice to know that even though times are harder people are not stopping the joy that Christmas celebrations bring specially to children

Thank you for droppoing by at my New years hub and for the comment you made too

Best for you and yours this New Year, Maita

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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago Author

Maita...thank you for such a nice comment, and you are welcome. It was my pleasure to read your New Year's hub.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great hub Tammy. A little late for Christmas then - Christmas should last all year! You take care!

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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Micky...Christmas is all year round didn't you know. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Great to see you my friend.

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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

I heard it snowed in MS this year,so i hope you had snow during Christmas this year.

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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Sweetie1...It did snow and we got a good bit...It wasn't at Christmas though. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment.

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