Christmas in Dixie

Ever have those weekends where Sunday night you breathe a deep breath and say, yeah, we did that one right. That was this weekend for us.

Christmas weekend- Hailey scared of Santa

Eh, well, most of us.

Despite the 70 degree temperature, it’s Christmas season and I love it. David and I each have a movie that screams CHRISTMAS to us. For him, it’s Christmas Vacation. For me, it’s Love Actually. Saturday was my turn.

With the Christmas tree lit and a bottle of red, we set up camp in the living room to watch my movie.


Do you FUNdo? It’s one of my favorites, though we rarely get the set out. It was perfect for a leisurely dinner while I recited lines from my favorite movie.

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.

Lauren Klein Photography- Dixon Family

What a fitting picture, right? We spent a morning at Davidson College with my friend, Lauren. She’s uber talented and after seeing her sneak peeks, I’m chomping at the bit to see all our pictures!

How I’ll choose only a few for a Christmas card, I have no clue.

And you know we can’t go to Davidson without eating at Toast. For those who have never been, here’s why-

Toast Davidson NC

Always fresh, always delicious, always quick.

Being properly fueled, we were prepared to party with the animals.

christmas weekend- animals

Our neighborhood Christmas party featured crafts, Santa and Zootastic (who has an incredible lights display going on right now, FYI)! The animals, which included a 6 week old tiger, a kangaroo, a fox, a ferret and a cockatoo were a huge hit with the kiddos.

The snake? Well, it wasn’t my favorite. Despite it’s kisses.

Christmas weekend- Zootastic snake Chipmunk

Maybe he smelled cookies on my breathe?

butter pecan cookies

These butter pecan cookies were meant to go with coffee. Light, a bit crumbly, not too sweet. Perfection.  After all, what is Christmas without cookies?

Our weekend concluded, as it started, with pizza.

delicious whole wheat pizza dough

I used my whole wheat pizza dough recipe and confirmed that it’s a keeper.

The weekend was wonderful. Though with pizza (x2) and cookies and lack of exercise, unless you count walking through the luminaries, I’m feeling ready to get moving today, but that’s a topic for another day.


Right now I’m still savoring the family time, the cookies and the Christmasy feeling of the weekend.

Lauren Klein Photography- Hailey Dixon

Do anything holiday-esque this weekend?



  1. Lauren B. says

    What a lovely weekend you had! We went to a couple of Christmas parties this weekend, but my favorite moment was sitting in front Of the fire as a family and watching Fred Claus.

    Love the pic of Hailey sitting on Santa’s lap!

  2. says

    This is an AWESOME weekend you three had!!!
    Love all the photos – they tell us a great story regarding the past weekend you all had.
    What is it with kids that is afraid of Santa?
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    • says

      Haha, I don’t know what it is about Santa. Every child under two cried their eyes out, and every kid older than that talked his ear off. Haha, it was so cute!

  3. laura says

    you are too cute, and i absolutely adore your writing style. it’s obvious how genuine you are, and how much you adore your family! you don’t write what people “want” to hear; you write what’s important to you. I love that…!! keep it up, brittany! love the blog!

  4. Nik Elder says

    sounds like such a wonderful weekend! Hailey couldn’t get any cuter! oh my goodness I LOVE Davidson and Toast! Its such a cute little town!

  5. Hanna says

    Poor Hailey! She love him once she learns what he does 😉 We spent a lot of time outside this weekend enjoying the beautiful weather. We also finished decorating the house!

  6. Stefanie says

    You just reminded me of a favorite Christmas song with “Christmas in Dixie”. That last pic of Hailey is precious!

  7. says

    our santa pictures look just like that this year with my 16 month old! My older daughter was fine as an infant but the christmas when she was 15 months old she screamed too. Then she was fine the next year. I still have them sit there during the “i hate santa phase” jsut so i cna get the picture!

  8. Paige Colson says

    Love Actually is one of my favorite movies! I have it saved on my DVR for whenever I need a fix! Buon noight Jamie.

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