Dear readers,
Deck the halls and fa-la-la and all that jazz! The year has flown by and here we are, right smack in the middle of the fervor and fever of winter holidays; this decade is warming up to sing its last Auld Lang Syne and usher in the 2020s. Garrison Keillor puts a fine point on the feeling of the season: “…it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.”

‘Tis the season to sparkle and shine! We’re pleased to offer in this issue tips and recipes for easy and fun holiday entertaining, care and repair of holiday ornaments, season’s greetings history and etiquette and punchbowl culture. Bring the outdoors in with natural and fresh holiday deco as you learn how to make garland, swags and topiary from materials you’ll find in the backyard. Winter is time for gardening plots and ponderings; ours turn to glorious camellias, the reigning supreme among winter blooms in the South. Consider building a greenhouse on your property to keep those green thumbs in shape year round.

Local designers weigh in on investment furniture, local makers feature holiday shopping treasures and local readers reflect on holidays traditions.

So settle into this special issue of HOME with a nice nog or toddy and bask in the sparkle and holiday shimmer. We wish you holidays filled with the joy of the season and a grand entry to a brand new year at HOME!

Perry Payne Millner

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