Helen Ellis

Home & Garden

All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Fake Trees!

An ode to the Southern art of holiday overdecorating

In Good Spirits

24-Hour Punch

A bowl, a dipper, and a bottle of bourbon: A spirited Mississippi spin on the church-lady favorite lives up to its name

The Manual of Southern Know-How

When to Write a Thank-You Note

The wry author and Alabama native shares the Dos and Don’ts

Why We Love the Gulf

Everybody Has A Comeback Story

An annual father-daughter poker trip to a Biloxi casino captures what it means to be down but not out