Five Fun Holiday Things

Sonia Thompson

Need a few last-minute gifts or something to do with the in-laws over the holidays? Here are a few Mississippi-centric ideas, all close to Splinter Creek.

Delta Grind Grits, Coffee Stout fig jelly, and Dixieland biscuit mix, all made in Mississippi and offered by the Mississippi Gift Company, make a delicious and thoughtful gift.

1. The Mississippi Gift Company
Whether Mississippi is home or just where the heart is, the state makes a great gift. The Greenwood-based Mississippi Gift Company offers more than 750 products made in Mississippi, handcrafted by more than 150 Mississippi gourmet food companies, entrepreneurs, and artists.

The Campertini Caravan Bar​ is ready to roll into your next party.

2. Happy Camper Vintage Rentals
Planning a big holiday bash or New Year's celebration? The folks at Tupelo, Mississippi-based Happy Camper Vintage Rentals will bring their mobile Campertini Caravan Bar to your event. How easy -- and cute -- is that?

Christmas in Cotton Plant is a free, family friendly display of more than 700 holiday inflatables.

3. Christmas in Cotton Plant
Turn the Christmas-kitsch level up -- way up -- with a visit to Christmas in Cotton Plant, a 12-acre display at a private home of more than 700 holiday inflatables and 700,000 lights synchronized to Christmas music and organized in a walking path. Featured on TLC's "My Crazy Obsession," the attraction proves your whacky neighbor's got nothing on this family. Located north of New Albany, Mississippi, on Hwy. 15 at theUnion/Tippah County line.

Oxford, Mississippi-based Beth Hunt offers calligraphy workshops for those who desire pretty penmanship.

4. Beth Hunt Calligraphy Classes
Address those holiday thank you notes in style or get a jump on next year's Christmas cards by learning calligraphy from Oxford-based Beth Hunt. She offers workshops covering basic calligraphy strokes and how to form letters and flourishes, as well as more advanced classes.

Drink for the arts at Bitters & Bites on January 22 in Oxford. Photo by Erin Austen Abbott.

5. Bitters & Bites
Ready for a post-holiday drink? Aren't we all. From 6-8 p.m. on January 22, learn the roots of classic speakeasy cocktails with some of Oxford's best bartenders from Snackbar and Saint Leo at Bitters & Bites. Drinks will be paired with hors d'oeuvres from Saint Leo and the City Grocery Restaurant Group. Proceeds benefit the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council.

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