This Is Tennessee's Most Unique Christmas Tradition
By Sarah Tate
December 2, 2022
Decking the halls, listening to your favorite holiday tunes, decorating a tree with lights, ornaments and tinsel. If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you have a tradition you look forward to each year. While some are pretty run of the mill, others may offer a bizarre yet still festive take on the holiday.
Insider looked at the fun and interesting holiday traditions people around the country pick up this time of year, compiling a list of the most unique Christmas tradition in each state, from an underground winter wonderland in Alabama and a town-wide scavenger hunt in Vermont to a Rhode Island tradition of building a tree out of lobster traps.
So what is Tennessee's most unique Christmas tradition?
Christmas Ham Giveaway
Thanksgiving turkey is so last month — it's time for the holiday ham! The Volunteer State's most interesting Christmas tradition involves music, mystery, luck and fun when the Nashville Bluegrass Band chooses one audience member to get a special Christmas ham during a show each year.
Here's what Insider had to say:
"The Nashville Bluegrass Band performs at the Station Inn in Nashville's hippest neighborhood, the Gulch, every December. And every year, the band gives away a Christmas ham to someone in the audience, after they perform the song 'Ham Beats All The Meat.' If not just for the ham, go for the music and the banter."