December 2016


Author: Maggie Washo

Does anyone else feel like we lost a month this year? It seems like yesterday we were wishing the heat away, and now, suddenly, it’s time to put up the tree and start stressing like a champ about gift-giving.

“Not this year!” declares Linda Hopkins. In her article on page 55, she shares with our readers how she has de-stressed Christmas by changing expectations and starting new traditions. We could all take a page from her book as we try to focus on the real reason for the season.

This month’s issue features several gift ideas in C2’s Holiday Guide (page 41). While you’re doing that holiday shopping, be sure to frequent local businesses as much as your budget and list allows. The area’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew will be faster if we all work together and shop locally this holiday season. We suggest hitting up some of the shops that just opened this year—check them out in our New Business Round-Up on page 83.

One of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read is also in this issue. In Rolling with the Changes, our writer tells the story of Hilton Head Island native David Jones, a young commercial fisherman whose life was changed in an instant by a rare viral infection that caused paralysis. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself, I suggest you turn to page 100 for a profound attitude adjustment.

Lastly, it’s time for you to decide who becomes CH2’s Bachelor of the Year. Check out our Top Ten gentlemen (and their puppies!), starting on page 29. Then, log onto to read their complete profiles and vote for your favorite guy. The winner will walk away with $10,000: $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for the 501©3 charity of his choice.

Happy Holidays to all! 

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