Now Target, Sears and Kmart are reversing their policy and putting "Christmas" back in the season, the result of a threatened boycott of the stores by the American Family Association, a pro-family organization from Tupelo, Mississippi.
To gather the nectar, beehives are placed on bluffs, elevated platforms along the river's edge, or even on floats during the short period in April and May when the white tupelo blooms.
The hives are stripped of earlier honey before the white tupelo comes into bloom, and the prized tupelo honey is harvested as soon as the trees stop blooming.
Tupelo was a largely segregated community, but when Elvis was in sixth grade, his family moved to a predominantly African-American neighborhood.
Driving down a lazy two-lane country road is great, but driving down the same road listening to Van Morrison sing "Tupelo Honey" is even better!
Tupelo honey is associated with the Florida panhandle in much the same way as a Riesling wine is associated with the Rhine river valley.
Tupelo wood is used today for furniture, millwork, veneer, plywood, bridge ties, crossties, crossing planks, and shipping containers.
Elvis' musical awakening began when his family moved to a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The Austroriparian zone has the long-leaf and loblolly pines, magnolia and live oak on the uplands, and the bald cypress, tupelo and cane in the swamps; and in the semi-tropical Gulf strip are the cabbage palmetto and Cuban pine; here, too, Sea Island cotton and tropical fruits are successfully cultivated.
Ash, oaks, black and sweet gums, chestnuts, hickories, hard maple, beech, walnut and short-leaf pine are noteworthy among the trees of the Carolinian area; the tupelo and bald cypress of the embayment region, and long-leaf and loblolly pines, pecans and live oaks of the uplands, among those characteristic of the Austro-riparian.