What is Christmas in Dixie?

99% of Christmas advertisements don’t apply to this geographic region.  That’s fine.

I don’t like calling anything ‘southern’ unless it’s describing a specific region on a map.  However, as with just about everything, the South likes to do things our way.  There are some things about Christmas in the South that we call our own.  I’ve been making some notes, and reached out to some of my friends to get some help on what ‘Christmas in Dixie’ means.  Here’s the list:

Country Christmas music starting on Black Friday.  The Saturday Night Gold stuff: Vince Gill, Reba, etc
Christmas trees with colored lights
Luminaries
Egg nog
Live Christmas trees
Spending time outdoors…
…Tee times around noon
…Skeet shooting
Mud rather than snow
Wishing it was scarf/gloves weather
Comments about the last white Christmas back in ’97
Christmas Eve being as important as Christmas morning
Christmas Eve church service
Late night Waffle House after ^^said^^ church service
Deer/Duck hunting before opening presents on Christmas morning
Reindeer on the front lawn creatively placed into compromising positions
Cooking in the kitchen starting early Christmas day.  With an open window.
Turkey and dressing.  We don’t stuff turkeys.  We fry them.
Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top
Bourbon with egg nog for breakfast; on it’s own for lunch, dinner, and late night
Spicy cheese straws and Gingersnaps
Ambrosia
Pecan Pie
Centerpieces of oranges, magnolia garland, and festive pine boroughs
College Bowl games > NFL games
Christmas mid-afternoon bonfire of wrapping paper and boxes

Feel free to add yours in the comment section below.

BH - December 21, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Out of curiosity, why don’t you call things Southern? Isn’t your whole blog pretty much about Southern/preppy fashion and lifestyle?

JRS - December 21, 2016 - 4:58 PM

@BH – in protest to the overuse of the word ‘Southern’.

BH - December 21, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Ah, fair enough. I was just wondering since it seems you like a lot of “sourhern” things. Hope y’all have a good Christmas.

MRS - December 21, 2016 - 5:01 PM

great list…this one rolls into new years: bonfires to burn those live Christmas trees

Docta_Matt - December 21, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Cookies and milk for Santa inside and a bale of hay for the reindeer outside.

MRS - December 22, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Different MRS – small world! – but great list…except…Ambrosia? But props for keeping it real.

My Christmas List

I was asked by a reader: ‘what’s on your Christmas list?’.  You know, that’s a good question.  We talk about all sorts of good stuff here on the blog, but most of it is fashion-based.  While this is fine, I’ve found that it’s rare I ask for clothes for Christmas (or my birthday).  There is too much risk.

I was asked for a list from my family this year, so here you go:

Sid Mashburn garment-dyed Levis 501s in Olive.  The garment-dyed Levis 501s have quickly become my favorite pants.  I have quite a few colors, and am always looking to add more to the stash.  Enter Olive…the least desirable shade of khakis, but a very smart looking pair of jeans.  These with a navy sweater or an oxford blue button down and brown shoes are just what the doctor ordered.

Yard tools.  It’s been a little over a year since Mrs. RCS and I moved into our house (from a condo), and 95% of our focus since moving in has been on the interior.  While we’ve done a little work on the landscaping, we have a LONG way to go.  We are going to need lawn tools to make some progress…and Christmas is an excellent time to stock up.

Sonos Play:3.  We’re pulling the trigger on Sonos for our house.  We have an over all plan that includes a Soundbar, a 3, and a couple 1s, but we’ll start slowly.  I have quite a few buddies that swear by Sonos, so we are excited to get going.  The biggest decision is black or white…right now we’re leaning towards white, as we don’t want it to look like an appliance.

‘Order to Kill’ by Kyle Mills. It was heartbreaking when the ultra-talented Vince Flynn passed away, but he left a legacy of books that are incredible.  Mitch Rapp and I became buddies back in 2001 when my dad gave me a stack of his books.  I’ve ready every one since, and need to add the latest.

Basics: Shotgun Shells, Golf Balls, and Razors.  I call these the ‘adult’ gifts.  As an adult, I am glad to buy myself just about anything I want (within reason), but there are a few things I HATE buying: shotgun shells, golf balls, and razors.  They are all boring, and quite frankly don’t need to be wrapped, but I can guarantee that they will all get used.  Boring, but perfect.

What’s on your list this year?

Nem - December 19, 2016 - 9:17 AM

I covet those garment-dyed Olive 501’s from Mashburn as well. I have a few of their lighter shades but the Mr. Green Jeans pair is on my list.

James - December 19, 2016 - 9:42 AM

Quick question: What tailoring if any do you have done to your 501s? I usually have them tapered slightly.

JBH - December 19, 2016 - 10:04 AM

I’ve gotten a couple of pairs of 501s over the course of the last year and they are so great, really wanting to do the shrink to fit process at some point. Have a Merry Christmas JRS.

W - December 19, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Check out Harry’s razors

Tanner - December 19, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Great Christmas idea is upping your razor game to a safety razor. I got a nice Merkur double-edged safety razor a few years ago that I love. Couple that with a nice shaving brush (badger hair of course) and nice shaving cream (Truefitt & Hill or Taylor’s of Old Bond Street) and you are good to go. It’s the best shave you will ever get with significantly less irritation and will save you a lot of money compared to disposables.

MRS - December 20, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Aside from garment dying those 501s, does Sid make any other modifications? I noticed (based on the descriptions from Sid’s website) that they appear to have a slightly smaller leg hole than the other 501s that Sid sells.

Nem - December 21, 2016 - 9:55 AM

James and MRS, according to Mashburn, their 501’s are laundered (wash and dry) multiple times during the dying process. This account for some shrinking of the denim, mostly in length. There is a slight reduction in leg and thigh, but not a ton. I usually buy 36 x 34 and then have the legs tapered to 8 or 8.5″ across at the hem. The tailor does this from the pocket on down to avoid the pegged look. They’ve turned out great for me, but you should try them on, in the store, and have the tailor eyeball them. When you get them home, wash when necessary and hang to dry. Incidentally, I wanted the Stone 2.0 version two years ago and they were out of 36 x 34 so I got the 38 x 34 and washed and dried the hell out of them multiple time and they really never tightened up in the waist, so caveat emptor!

And regarding razors, avoid those plastic handled razors. The Mach 3 is superior to Harry’s flex-hinge blades, by a long shot. I’d recommend a nice handle from Art of Shaving or other to go with the Mach 3 blades.

If you really want to up your shave game, Tanner knows what’s up…Merkur double edge safety razors are like nothing else out there. Get a heavy handle and practice. Whatever blade system you go with, the badger brush and quality shave cream (in the bowl or tube) is the ticket.

Merry Christmas!

Today: Steve Penley at Onward Reserve

Atlanta folks: The one and only Steve Penley will be signing his book ‘Ronald Reagan and the American Ideal’ at Onward Reserve at Ponce City Market.  This is a great opportunity to procure a great gift for a hostess, a last minute gift for a loved one, or something to adorn your bookshelf.  He’ll be there from 4-6PM.

Northside Tavern Print from Classic Georgia X Plaid Columns X Red Clay Soul

I’ve been hanging around with the Classic Georgia guys for longer than I care to admit.  They are some of the greatest guys, who I am very glad to call friends.  We’ve been talking about collaborating on something for years, but nothing really felt right.

A few months ago they approached me about a new focus: Classic Georgia Artworks.  They teamed up with Robert Matre and Evan Jones of Plaid Columns for paintings and prints of Georgia-themed subjects.  You’ve seen some of these on the blog (Masters, etc.).  They approached me about collaborating on a print.  This felt right, but it had to be the right subject.  There are plenty of paintings of old country barns, water towers with county names, and BBQ joints, around our great state, but something was missing…

One of my absolute favorite Georgia landmarks is Northside Tavern.  Located at the intersection of Howell Mill Rd. and Brady Ave, it is a landmark that offers cheap beer, a excellent clientele, and live blues seven nights a week.  I used to live next door, and I’ve spent WAY too many nights there.  I love it there.  I love that they are staying put with all the development going on literally next door.  Our city wouldn’t be the same with out Northside Tavern.

This felt right.  I told the Classic Georgia guys that I’d be happy to collaborate on a Northside Tavern print, and I am very honored and happy to announce that they are available today.  What’s better, is that they are 50% off through Tuesday night.  There are only 95 available, so get yours quick.

12 x 16 image printed on 13 x 19 paper
Limited to 95 copies
$95 retail, on sale for $47.50 through Tuesday at midnight (and it’ll get to your place by Christmas!)

Order yours here.

Sale on top of Sale at East Dane

Lots of good stuff over at East Dane, folks.  They are offering ANOTHER 30% off their sale items.  Great stuff from Cole Haan, Tumi, Todd Snyder, and APC.  Just a couple more days, so get on it.

First Annual Red Clay Soul Awards

It’s been a big year.  It’s been a fun year.  I am thankful for my readers, thankful to my partners, and thankful for all the work that is put in that gives us something to talk about.

This year, I am instituting something new: The RCS Awards.  I am giving out awards in random categories that I believe deserve attention.  There are folks out there working their butts off, and should be recognized.  I’ve come up with a dozen awards, and in true dictator form, I’ve single-handedly picked the winners.  All are very well deserving.  To all the winners, congratulations from our corner of the Internet.

Without further ado, here we go:

BOOK OF THE YEAR:

“Men and Style” by David Coggins

It’s like listening to a conversation from the icons and influencers in the #menswear ethos.  You will not be able to put this book down.

BLOG POST OF THE YEAR:

“Cool Or Fugly? The Wallabee, Footwear Of Choice For ’70s Preps & Southern Frats” from Ivy Style

This is the perfect blog post.  A great observation from an excellent writer, encouraging engagement from the audience.  It was a great reminder of what blogging is all about.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

“Live in Little Five” from The Whigs

Rock and Roll needs a resurgence.  We need more great voices, guitars, driving bass, and big drums.  If you’ve watched the VMAs over the last few years, it proves that ‘popular’ music absolutely SUCKS.  For those looking to rock, The Whigs 100% deliver…and hearing The Whigs live is icing on the cake.

NEW RELEASE (CLOTHES) OF THE YEAR:

Ring Jacket

While Ring Jacket wasn’t born in 2016, it was introduced in the US this year (with the hiring of heavy hitter Nick Ragosta).  Outstanding style, and tailored in Japan(!).  Their balloon fabric is incredible.  Don’t sleep on this brand, folks.

#MENSWEAR MOMENT OF THE YEAR

WSID, also known as Sid Mashburn Radio.

As if he could get any cooler, he’s created a soundtrack to go along with the iconic Sid Mashburn vibe.  A new show airs every Wednesday on Atlanta’s AM1690 from 5-6PM ET, and available online.  Get down on the archives, as they are always available to stream.  It’s getting better and better every week.

COOL MOVE OF THE YEAR

Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, and Smyley Kauffman Snapchatting their SB2016 trip to Baker’s Bay

They single-handedly caused a serious uptick in Snapchat downloads from middle-aged white guys.  All of whom, along with almost every other demographic, watched the future generation of golf enjoy a serious break from competitive golf, sponsorships, and corporate appearances.  Instead, they took a week and enjoyed boats, golf tans, barefoot golf, and a ton of booze.  VERY well done guys.

I don’t think they wore shirts or shoes the entire time.  The Wal-Mart feet in the picture above are 100% Red Clay Soul approved.

BEST NEW ARTIST (TIE):

Tecovas Boots.

Best value proposition out there.  I’ve been wearing boots for a long time, and owned some that I’ve paid way to much for.  Austin’s Tecovas Boots are better quality and more comfortable than any boot I’ve ever worn, and the price is very digestible.

…and GQ Style Magazine

It’s really nice to have a periodical that focuses on what folks read GQ for: STYLE.  Very well done by two ATL guys: Will Welch and Mark Anthony Greene.  I wish Esquire would do the same thing…their ‘politics’ section sucks, and turns off half of their readers.  Get off my Facebooks.

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT OF THE YEAR (TIE):

I can’t pick one because my attention span is way too short.  I live in two Instagram worlds: one for news, and one for entertainment.  Here are one from each category:

wu_tang_financial

and

themasters

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR:

Hulk Hogan

The idiots at Gawker decided to publish a video of Hulk Hogan having sex.  Hulk sued.  He won ($115M), and Gawker filed for bankruptcy.  Now Hulk is in talks to return to the WWE.  I’ve never watched a minute of wrestling, but I will if Hulk comes back.  I love it.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Yeti Presents  YouTube channel

I made this category specifically for these videos.  All of them.  They are the ’30 for 30s’ of YouTube.  These videos are presented by Yeti, and are all around 8 minutes long.  They are all incredibly well done.  World class.  I dare you to start watching…you will not stop.

SPORTS MOMENT(S) OF THE YEAR:

Cubbies win the World Series

I doubt there’s anyone that you know that remembers the last time the Cubs won the World Series.  When they finally ditched the goat, it was a euphoric feeling for all baseball fans.  Are you scratching your head trying to remember who they beat?  Exactly.

…and

Rory on Sunday at East Lake

Some of the best golf that’s ever been played.  Down by three shots, Rory chipped in from the fairway on 16 and it was on.  He ended the day with $11.53M and two really cool trophies on Bobby Jones’ course (East Lake is one of my favorites)

DOUCHEBAG OF THE YEAR:

Ryan Lochte

Here’s what lifetime #2 Ryan Lochte brought us in 2016: First, he went to the olympics with anime-like hair.  After swirling in the pool, it morphed into something we’ll call ‘blue steel’:

There he was overshadowed by Phelps yet again.  Then, in true Lochte form, he gets sh!tfaced, destroys a gas station because he needed to take a wizz, then lied about it to authorities, tried to ghost out of Brazil, and had to come clean on the Today Show.

Then he went on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, which celebrities think is some sort of springboard.  He gave a lot of interviews.  It’s a gift every time he speaks.  Go Gators!

Again, congratulations to all the winners.  Feedback welcome.

Ben - December 15, 2016 - 7:54 AM

Seriously disagree with inclusion of Hulk Hogan (noted racist). Who only succeeded in his lawsuit due to Thiel’s funding of his litigation. Read Jeffery Toobin’s article in this week’s New Yorker. I agree with Gawker – you may not – but this is a frightening development in the age of Trump.

DBS - December 15, 2016 - 10:08 PM

If you side against him that doesn’t make much sense. That is an extreme assault on his privacy. Incredibly stupid company. Make em pay up.

Ben - December 16, 2016 - 2:17 AM

Hulk Hogan’s privacy? Like it or not – this is protected speach. The only reason he was even able to bring the suit was Peter Thiel paid for it. Hogan is a racist who got kicked out of wrestling for his comments – interesting they are welcoming him back. And Gawker did pay as it had to sell itself and shutdown due to Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel’s vendetta.

December Trip To Scott’s Antique Market

I hate the mall.  The idea of going to a building with retail stores that are all over-marketing to get you to spend on ‘fake’ sales makes me a little nauseas.  I avoid malls at all costs.

The one time that I do enjoy a mall-like experience is the second weekend of every month, when the Atlanta Exposition Center hosts Scott’s Antique Market.  Mrs. RCS and I have gone (almost) every month for the last year an a half, sparked by us moving from our 1100 square-foot condo to a big house that has a lot of rooms and walls to fill.  We’ve shown off plenty of our great finds over the last year, and here’s what caught our eye this month.

The December bounty:

Vintage Budweiser advertising.  My man TJ called it out – I should have grabbed it for him.

A pair of kilim chairs that spoke to Mrs. RCS.  We tried to get creative, but just don’t have a great place for these in our home.  They were a steal, but unfortunately we just don’t have the real estate (and we already have several extra pairs, each purchased on a whim, presently living in our basement).  Very Res Ipsa:

(Very) vintage stag carving set.  Super cool, but they’s need some serious cleaning, sharpening, and sanitizing before cutting and serving anything:

We’ve had a TON of luck with art at Scott’s.  We’ve collected several Keil’s, and a few local pieces that fit our style.  We saw this 1883 Indenture document from England and pulled the trigger when we talked her down to $40.  It does need to be reframed, but worth every penny for such a large and interesting piece.  The seal on the left side and the wax signature on the bottom are authentic.  We’re pumped:

Vintage leather luggage.  There were some super cool pieces, but we prefer suitcases with wheels.

…but she almost made an exception for these vintage Louis Vuittons.  I have to admit, they were very cool.  Quality pieces last a LONG time.

I’m a sucker for taxidermy, and these hogs may be the coolest I’ve ever seen.  “We” decided that these didn’t fit our decor.  #FrankDawg would have loved them.

Swords.  Incredible.  I instagrammed them under the  ‘home protection’ banner:

Old-school Ping putters.  A good price, and they would look GREAT cleaned up (or not).  Remember: it’s a putter.  The term ‘technology’ doesn’t really hold much water for a flat stick that rarely swings faster than 10 MPH:

Vintage fly fishing creels.  This one was a work of art.  I’ve gotten to know this vendor.  She sources these beauties from Maine.   I may be back for this one.

Surprisingly, the watch selection at Scott’s was OUTSTANDING this month.  It tends to be hit or miss.  I counted 25 Pateks, and there’s no telling how many I missed.  Mrs. RCS wanted the blue-faced Ellipse below:

The patina on this Baume et Mercier was outstanding.  They wanted a little more than I wanted to spend, but now I’m on the hunt.  Image this with a shiny alligator strap…outstanding:

Very interesting color combination on this Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner.  Lots going on here:

I’ve been on the hunt for a signet ring.  I’m giving no details on this one, because I woke up the day after and still REALLY wish I would have bought this.  It was expensive, but is exactly what I’ve been looking for.  Mrs. RCS has the guy’s card (hint):

See you in January…

Jay - December 14, 2016 - 9:56 AM

Holler when you roll in in that signet ring.

Nem - December 15, 2016 - 9:13 PM

You know I’m a frequent reader and seldom commenter. I know you appreciate feedback, so here goes.

It is Scott Antique Markets. It is not Scott’s Antique Market.

And avoid buying someone else’s emblem on that pinkie ring. Get a signet ring of your own that includes your family crest or coat of arms. And also, consider a standard ring firnger size before going with the pinkie size.