It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . Everywhere you go! I’m not kidding y’all! If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, honey all you’ve gotta do is trot to downtown Madison and downtown Rutledge and take a look at all of the beautiful decorations! Madison has some new holiday decorations in front of the Post Office too! It’s just flat beautiful strolling though downtown and taking in all of the lights!  But the very best part of all is popping in our retail and restaurants! They are decorated to the hilt! I mean it will take your breath away and make you so happy that you live in a place with small town charm, away from the frustrating traffic and crowded, same-ole-same-ole big box stores. So make the most of it this year and SHOP LOCAL!

Ok so the Holiday Tour of Homes is THIS WEEKEND y’all so get ready to show off that Southern Hospitality of which we’re known so well! It is going to be flat fun and bustling all over the place!

Hey and when you need to take a break from all of that local shopping, y’all just head to one of our fabulous local restaurants for some great food and fun.

If you haven’t already heard, Zeb Grant, owner of Zeb Grant Design, recently purchased the Madison Tea Room and changed the name to Society Hall! This is not just a destination for weddings and special events! Society Hall also serves lunch Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 and it’s marvelous Southern Sunday Lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30! It is flat delicious and the atmosphere is just beautiful with sparkling chandeliers, a soaring staircase, glorious flowers on each table and wonderful food! You simply must try it out immediately! Oh and y’all must get ready cause Society Hall is hosting a special Christmas Tea from now until Christmas, Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Reservations are required so call 706-438-3233! Oh and Society Hall also is hosting a Mom & Me Christmas Tea on Dec. 15 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with seatings available at 5 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.! Book your Christmas Tea TODAY!

And since we’re on the subject of food honey I just stumbled upon the best-kept secret EVER and I just have to spill the beans …. or should I say SOUL FOOD! That’s what I’m talkin’ about yall! The big secret is this: Chef Latrice Franklin of Bostwick is cooking up a storm Monday through Friday at the Madison ChopHouse Grille located at 202 South Main Street in Madison! That’s right! The ChopHouse is now offering the real deal . . . A Meat & Three for only $10.99 including a drink! Oh. My. Ever. Livin’ Gosh! You haven’t tasted heaven honey until you’ve tasted Latrice’s home-made, tastes-like-momma-used-to-make, delicious soul food! It just doesn’t get more Southern than this y’all! She’s cookin’ up two meat dishes and five delicious, cannot-resist sides Monday through Friday . . . like fried chicken, roast beef, meatloaf and more . . . like greens, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, green beans, sweet potatoes . . . you know the drill! The best part is that this is an EXPRESS LUNCH served up fast, hot and delicious with slap-your-momma-good homemade cornbread with each and every plate! What in the Sam Hill are y’all waitin’ on! Get over to the Chop House quick and try this out!  Now the hard part is pickin’ just one meat and two sides cause they are ALL irresistible! Trust me: I’ve tried and it was just too hard to decide!  Hey and you can call (706-342-9009) or come in for a take out order! Check the Madison ChopHouse Grille’s Facebook page each day to find out what Latrice is cookin’ up for a fast, lip-smackin’ lunch!

Hey and Ricardo’s has cooked up some delicious Holiday hours and lunch specials! Ok so here are the new hours: Monday through Thursday for lunch 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday lunch and dinner 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and now OPEN SUNDAY 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. So that means y’all can pop over for a nice lunch and order up a sweet tea or if you’re feeling a bit dangerous . . . a nice bloody Mary or Mimosa! Remember! Restaurants can now serve alcohol on Sunday beginning at 11 instead of noon! Love it! Everyone knows Ricardo’s has amazing food and drinks and now they’re offering five . . . yes I said FIVE lunch specials every week for only $9!

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