As any Georgia resident can tell you, there's three distinct parts to Georgia - the metro area, the suburbs, and the rest - and the rest is what you think of when you think of the standard media imagery of Georgia. It's the south as the south as been depicted throughout history - and it's pretty tough to get more south than Moultrie. It's only a short distance from the Florida border, and Valdosta is pretty much a college town so it doesn't really count.
My sister-in-law and her husband have only lived here for a few years, but they've acclimated quite well - and they were excited for us to join them for the Thanksgiving evening tree-lighting ceremony / christian rock concert / santa claus welcoming / deep-fried food fest, which began promptly at 6:00PM when the much-vaunted "lighting of the town" happened:
For some reason, I feel like there should be a DeLorean with a hook tied to a flux capacitor driving under this thing...
Shortly after the lighting and the cheering, the band - or rather, "Contemporary Christian Musicians" began to play.
They weren't... Awful. But they were your standard Christian-lyrics-over-pop-hooks band. They were called Crossing 47. I have no idea what this means, but their t-shirts were $20.00. I guess they needed to pay for this swanky tour van and trailer:
So we walked a few feet forward and were immediately dragged toward the pony ride by our nephews.
And as soon as they were off the ponies, we were dragged to see Santa:
But to get to him, we had to wait in this line:
Yes, the wait was long, but at least we got to see 4 of the 8 reindeer:
And what would a southern gathering of any sort be without FUNNEL CAKES!
Anyway, that was my traditional southern Thanksgiving excursion. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a food-related coma to slip into.