December 2019

December 2019 Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: Krisztian Lonyai


“Our take-away from the trip was that traditions are what you make of them.”

I was reading through the latest issue and just sort of hung onto this sentence written about the Edwards family holiday cruise through the Exumas. My thoughts went to those things that we do every year, every month, every week, every day. Traditions. Habits. Things that make us feel at home or comfortable. Whether it’s that first cup of coffee before heading out on a run, making the same family trip to the lake in July, or having unvaried items on the dinner table every Christmas. Traditions make us feel good, connect us to those we love in unspoken ways and deliver a sense of comfort that all is right in the world.

Our December issue includes many traditions. First, our team comes together for a delightfully festive holiday photo. This year, it was flannel onesies and a special disguise for Lucy. Not sure that it tops last year’s tree, but it has a simple charm—and that Target onesie paired with some Uggs is my new favorite outfit.

Another annual tradition in the December issue is the Holiday Gift Guide for HER. We spend a lot of time gathering items from area stores and boutiques in an effort to encourage you to shop locally this season. It is certainly a labor of love—and no small feat for our team or the designer. Head on over to page 36 to get some ideas for the people on your list. And if some of those on your list have everything they want and more, head to page 55 for some different suggestions in the spirit of charitable giving.

With a nod to local entrepreneurs, we also present our New Business Round-up every December. Here we check in with businesses who have opened in the last 12 months and let you know a little bit about what they offer and who their customers are. However, in a slight break with tradition, this year we are kicking that special section off with a fantastic article by Linda Hopkins, who took the time to interview four successful entrepreneurs who have been in business locally for over 20 years. Tom Reilley, Patti Catalano, Dave Miller and Nancy Golson share their thoughts and tips on what it takes to make it and cover everything from finances to community involvement. Cruise on over to page 85 for this awesome read.

In what has also become a monthly tradition for this magazine, we open with a “Five Drinks” interview with Michelle Meissen, protector of oceans, and we close with two musicians in a bathroom. With cats. And a dog. Flip on over to page 110 to see who we featured this month.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. We can’t wait to see what new traditions 2020 brings. 

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