Christmas stories in the American South are not just about Santa Claus or the Baby Jesus.  Sometimes Christmas cheer serves as an eerie backdrop for spooky stories of haunted houses or ghost dogs.  Or more whimsical ghost stories of missing cookies of Christmas Eve.  Christmas is also a time of hope and perseverance, seen in the arrival of the annual Santa Claus Special in Appalachia.

Read below for Southern Christmas stories that may not always be what you’re expecting!