12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Day 6

November 6, 2015 | By | Comments (30)
Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love (or Southern Living!) gave to me, a holiday made special. Birmingham, AL native and artist Holly Hollon is the creative mind behind the beautiful harvest quail salad plates in our fall collection. As a lover of all things design, Holly started her business with a focus on small business branding, illustration and bespoke wedding stationery. We sat down with Holly to find out where she finds her inspiration, what every Southern home should have, and her favorite holiday tradition.

Courtesy of Holly Hollon

Photo credit: Mandy Busby

When creating a new piece of art, where do you turn for inspiration? A few things that always inspire my work are children’s books, classical music (Mozart is my favorite) and traveling, but most of all my clients. I really want to create something they want and love and works with their aesthetic. I do a lot of research to learn about them and their event or brand.

We hear you are an avid collector of old china. How did you start this hobby and what draws you to collecting? I have always loved dishes, my grandmother, Betty, loved dishes. I think it is in my genes to love dishes. In college I began thrifting and antiquing and started to collect different china pieces. When I got married I registered for 7 sets of china! I just love getting to set the table and make it pretty and mix and match all the different pieces.

What do you consider the quintessential Southern staple every Southern woman should have in her home? Hospitality. You can have the most beautiful home but if it is not an open home ready to serve others and your family, then what is the purpose of its beauty. 

What is your favorite Christmas or holiday tradition? My husband’s family is from Macon. Each year they all travel back to Macon to celebrate the holidays after Christmas through the new year. This has become one of my favorite traditions. We all spend time in Aunt May’s hundred year old home, take trips out for coffee, work puzzles and catch up on the past year. I love Macon’s old historic charm, and it is a lovely city around the holidays.

100% of proceeds when you buy a Christmas Cookbook go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Photo credit:

100% of proceeds when you buy a Christmas Cookbook go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

For more holiday decor ideas and tips, enter to win the 2015 Southern Living for Dillard’s Christmas Cookbook PLUS a $50 Dillard’s gift card to purchase your favorites from our holiday collection.

How to Enter: What is your favorite holiday tradition? Comment your answer below for a chance to win. Official rules here.




  1. Buddy Garrett

    My favorite holiday tradion is having Christmas Dinner with family.

    December 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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  3. Teresa Gainey Mode

    My favorite tradition is gathering with my family on Christmas eve and sharing a Christmas supper and then gathering around the tree for sharing stories.

    December 15, 2015 at 10:54 am
  4. amylou61

    My favorite holiday tradition is when we drive around town to look at Christmas lights

    November 7, 2015 at 8:10 am
  5. Elise F.

    Christmas is certainly a time for traditions and me and my family have many! Growing up,my mother made the holidays extra special and I always look forward to celebrating them every year. Many of the traditions we do each year are from years gone by but I’ve also started many newer ones with my family.

    Baking has always been a favorite of mine and I received the most treasured gift when I got married. My mom gave me a antique tin recipe box that had been my Nana’s filled with all her favorite recipes! I love to bake year round but many of the recipes I make each Christmas are treasured holiday ones that remind me of time spent at my grandparents over the holidays!

    Every Christmas when I was a child Santa always left one big unwrapped gift under the tree along with a few wrapped gifts. The big unwrapped gift could be anything from a (doll house or bike) when I was a kid to a computer the year I was going off to college! I have enjoyed continuing that tradition with my kids! Every year we always pick a child or two off the angel tree at church to buy gifts for to teach our kids about sharing with the less fortunate families in our town.

    I would have to say that my top tradition for the Christmas season is spending time with my family and friends. Once all the gifts have been opened and our bellies are full, my most treasured time is spent lounging at my parents home with our entire family watching a good Christmas movie together! 🙂

    November 6, 2015 at 10:55 pm
  6. karen s

    My favorite holiday tradition is gift giving. For as long as I can remember, every Christmas morning, my sister and I would each pick one of our wrapped gifts from under the tree to be put aside and then donated to the nearby orphanage. I continued that with my children (although their donations went to the Salvation Army). I loved seeing my children carefully decide which gift to choose, and to think about giving instead of getting. I am proud to say that they too have continued the tradition with their children.

    November 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm
  7. floridagld

    Many, but one favorite is participating in our lighted boat parade in south Florida. It is so much fun to decorate the boat and pick a theme for the decor and the music. It is a long process but worth it.
    There are boats of all sizes and talent abounds. it is a pretty sight to the colorful lights reflecting on the water. Typical we are finally having cool weather and balmy breezes. The best is when the parade falls during a full moon.
    It is a lot like tailgating on a boat. With food and drinks. The boats are judged and small prizes awarded. One year we actually won for our boat size catagory. Win or not it is always fun and good memories in the making.

    November 6, 2015 at 9:59 pm
  8. Shirley B.

    My family has several holiday traditions that get us all in the spirit of Christmas and giving to others. The first Sunday of December every year for the past 20 plus years me, my mom and over 100 people in our town are invited to a friends beautifully decorated home for a special come and go brunch. I look forward to this fun event and what makes it even more special is that everyone is asked to bring either a unwrapped toy or a gift of cash to donate to our local Salvation Army. It’s always SO fun to see many people that we haven’t seen all year long and catch up with them and their families! This December will be the first time that we won’t be attending this brunch since the lady who had always hosted it died back in June 😦 Hopefully by next December someone else will take on this much loved tradition in their home.

    On many of the Saturday’s leading up to Christmas me and my sisters always get together to shop for my parents and our own kids. My mom is good about giving us gift ideas so we can pick out the most perfect gift for them both! Sometimes we all go in together to get them something really nice for their home.

    On Christmas Eve it’s a tradition that our entire family all go to Christmas Eve service together and then come back to the house and eat homemade taco soup and cherries jubilee 🙂 Spending time with my family at any time throughout the year is always a blessing!

    November 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm
  9. Susan Hatcher

    Our favorite tradition is just being together on Christmas morning and having our traditional breakfast of mountain man breakfast casserole and monkey bread…followed by opening gifts.

    November 6, 2015 at 9:51 pm
  10. Lyndsey

    On the Sunday night before Christmas, the streets of Riverside-a historicneighborhood In my hometown of Jacksonville,Florida are dotted with thousands of Luminaria. Our family would slowly drive down those charming streets with our windows down (because it’s warm enough there!) with carols playing in the radio. The big old houses are lit and white paper bags glow in perfectly straight lines down the streets. It’s a holiday sight to behold!

    November 6, 2015 at 7:07 pm
  11. Kim G

    We all gather at my Mama’s for Christmas on Christmas Eve. We can’t open presents until sundown, a tradition that started when 45+ years ago I was a child. It stands even though we are all much older now. We buck tradition with the food and just go easy with pizza and wings!

    November 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm
  12. Christine Drowne

    Reading “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with my dad…who now reads to my daughter.

    November 6, 2015 at 2:45 pm
  13. Patricia C

    After Midnight Mass we gather at our home and have meat pie,a tradition carried on through generations of my family

    November 6, 2015 at 1:44 pm
  14. Laura

    Singing carols at church and around the family piano with multiple generations.

    November 6, 2015 at 1:13 pm
  15. Linda Haley

    We love the candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve.

    November 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm
  16. Kathryn

    My favorite holiday tradition is making fruitcake with my daughter from my grandmother’s recipe. It is delicious and we usually make about four fruitcakes each season (some for gifts). The fruitcakes take five hours to bake in a tube pan and the recipe is from the late 1800’s. The cake is delicious and we serve it with fresh whipped cream. We also make boiled custard each year with my mother-in-law’s recipe. It just isn’t Christmas without those two things!

    November 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm
  17. Janice

    My favorite holiday tradition started in 1987 while my daughter was in pre-school. I loved going to the classroom, lining up the chairs into long rows (2 chairs then an “aisle” and then two more chairs) and reading “The Polar Express”. I’d pass out bon-bons and hot chocolate when the book mentioned them and would hand out jingle bells at the end. I loved watching all the children ring the bells and exclaiming “I can hear the bell!” When my daughter was old enough to read she would read it to my son’s pre-school class sitting in chairs lined up like a train! We have continue the tradition of reading this class to school classrooms for almost 30 years and have no plans to stop!

    November 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm
  18. Phyllis Sears

    Reading the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve with my family

    November 6, 2015 at 11:49 am
  19. Janice Gallaway

    Being with my children! After giving birth 32 years ago to my daughter and then again 10 years later to my son, that is the most important thing in the world to me. Just being with them, and now 4 grandchildren. What we do is not important, just being together is.

    November 6, 2015 at 11:43 am
  20. debra keffer

    family together i am a firm believer in family i wish i could get my remaining family together one more time

    November 6, 2015 at 11:31 am
  21. Holly F

    Picking out a tree with the kids

    November 6, 2015 at 11:27 am
  22. clmdukes

    Attending candlelight service at church Christmas eve.

    November 6, 2015 at 11:16 am
  23. Lizana

    My favorite holiday tradition is dinner on Christmas day. All our friends who don’t have family living in the area are invited to come and share the spirit of the holidays. It’s always fun and special.

    November 6, 2015 at 10:47 am
  24. Lynn Welch

    The children always wake everyone on Christmas morning. The first child up wakes the other children first, and the children wake the adults. We all go downstairs together to see what Santa has brought and exchange gifts with each other. Then we enjoy a breakfast of shrimp and grits, overnight French toast, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice.

    November 6, 2015 at 10:03 am
  25. Lisa Christopher Grimes

    Family together for Christmas dinner, not necessarily on the day, with all the favorites.

    November 6, 2015 at 9:39 am
  26. Sharon K

    Since the kids were toddlers, we put up the family tree the Friday after Thanksgiving, and decorate it together. We will do the same this year – it’s a tradition we all look forward to!

    November 6, 2015 at 9:26 am
  27. Cindy Moline

    Family! Anything that includes the whole family. Since I am a military brat who married a military man, every Christmas has been unique. Rarely in the same place from year to year. So our traditions have to involve family (including those we have “adopted” along the way). To memorialize each Christmas, we have a different ornament for each year on which we have written a few words about where we were, what we were doing there, etc. It is fun to see them each year.

    November 6, 2015 at 9:23 am
  28. Maggie

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching “White Christmas” with our family after church on Christmas Eve! This was something my mom and her 5 siblings did growing up with their parents and now each of the siblings families have carried on the tradition. Although we may not get to spend Christmases together as much, it warms my heart to know all over the country from North Carolina to Louisiana to Wyoming we are singing along to Bing Crosby and emulating the “Sisters” dance wishing we had those blue dresses 🙂

    November 6, 2015 at 9:13 am
  29. Kathleen

    Waiting till Christmas Eve to decorate the tree, just like my daddy did. And leaving the tree up through January 6th like my mama did. No “Day- after- Thanksgiving” Christmas trees for me.

    November 6, 2015 at 9:12 am
  30. paffrathmkd

    With the extended family, decorating the family Christmas Tree and having the youngest member of the family lifted up to set the heirloom silver star atop the tree.

    November 6, 2015 at 9:08 am

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