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December. It’s the month I’ve been waiting for all year long—and I don’t think I’m alone in this when I say the holiday season is my FAVORITE time of year!

What’s there not to like? There’s Christmas music (I have Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix’s holiday albums on repeat), there’s chilly sweater weather (finally!), there’s social gatherings with family and friends, there’s time off work, there’s traditions to celebrate, there’s glittery lights, buttery cookies and pumpkin-spice everything. Everyone’s feeling jolly and there’s a lot of love in the air. 

For me, I’m especially looking forward to sharing old traditions and starting new ones with my family. Our oldest daughter is now at an age where she “gets” Christmas and believes in Santa Claus. It’s a joy to experience the holidays through her eyes. They say once you have kids, Christmas becomes magical again—and I agree! 

This year, our holiday season kicks off with an annual Breakfast with Santa event, which we attend wearing matching Christmas pajamas! Then we have an annual cookie exchange with our group of friends where we share recipes and make crafts with our kids. The first year there were only a handful of kids and now there will be 16! 

and you can read all about them on page 26. Another wonderful way to celebrate this season of sharing is to give back to the community. Check out page 30, where we list several organizations that can use your help. 

If you’re feeling creatively stuck and need some decoration inspiration, local interior designer Dena Thomas shares some ways to create a winter wonderland in your home. You’ve got to see these pictures starting on page 18; she knocked it out of the park! 

And for that picky person in your group who seems impossible to shop for, I encourage you to delve deep into our holiday gift guide and find a unique treasure they’re sure to love. 

From my family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays,