10 Things to be Thankful for this Holiday Season in Southeast Texas

While 2021 has felt a bit like an extension of 2020 between the wild world of pandemics, hurricanes, and freak ice storms, there is still plenty to be grateful and thankful for in Southeast Texas. Here are a few little things we can appreciate every day for our weird little corner of the world.


HEB has proven time and time again that they deserve to be at the top of the list of things to be thankful for in SETX. From their incredible meat selection to their disaster response team, HEB reminds us what it means to be a Texan. And three cheers to never running out of brisket.

It’s Never Too Cold to Fish

Here in SETX, though it may get chilly, it’s never too cold to cast a reel and enjoy a great day on the water (and an even better catch). Between Lake Sabine and the Gulf, it’s not uncommon to be able to feed a family of four. No winter coats necessary.

Our Forecasters

Southeast Texas weather is erratic, and our weathermen and women have some of the hardest jobs around. Forecasters don’t always get it right, but they do their best to keep us safe and informed….and you know, have to work through hurricanes.

Gumbo on Thanksgiving

Gumbo on Thanksgiving is a steadfast family tradition for many Southeast Texan families. Leave the chili to the Northerners because when the first cold front comes through, you know it’s time to break out the heirloom gumbo pot. 

That Food

Southeast Texas has an incredibly diverse and delicious food scene that’ll never leave you hungry or yearning for more butter. The mixing and melting pot of traditional Texas BBQ with Mexican and Cajun flavors is truly a thing of magic. We also appreciate that most people don’t believe in diets.

Craft Beer

Southeast Texans take their craft beer seriously. From Neches Brewing Company in Port Neches to Pour Brothers Brewery in Beaumont, we believe in drinking local and that everyone deserves a drink or two after this year.

Crawfish Season

Redneck lobsters or mudbugs as we fondly call them, crawfish season is a staple of Cajun culture. And we know when the season rolls around, it’s time for the backyard boils with no better excuse to get the whole crew together because Mardi Gras festivities are right around the corner.

The Beach

There’s something so therapeutic about living next to the ocean. When all else fails, we can always watch the waves and watch our cares melt away. Plus, being able to send holiday cards from the beach gives a whole new meaning to White Christmas.

The Toe-Tapping Music Scene

From Zydeco to country, SETX has some of the most talented musicians in Texas with no shortage of live music. You’re always guaranteed a fantastic night of entertainment at Madison’s, Doc’s Yard House, the Logon Café, or one of the area listening rooms.

The Community 

Southeast Texans know how to stick together, and we can always count on our neighbors come hurricane or high water. We’re always ready to lend a helping hand and lift one another up, which truly is something to be thankful for in these strange times.

What are you thankful for, SETX?