Anybody else heading into the holidays feeling as frantic as I do? Oh, you, too?
Trying to live up to the standards we see on Pinterest and commercials on top of balancing jobs, family, friends and all the other tasks that come along – like dealing with a plumbing problem in your new home – can be draining (pun intended), especially when all you want is to sit in front of a fire with a glass of red wine watching ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas.”
But, this year, I’m taking some advice from people who know all about mental healing – find their self-care tips on page 34 – and allowing myself the time to breathe, to just be and to feel at peace while celebrating the relationships and traditions I am lucky to share with my family and friends. I’ve already found joy in connecting with the people who shared their holiday rituals with us (page 38), from hanging up the stockings to learning a new board game you’ve never played before to hosting a large dinner just for your immediate family – a wonderful way to reconnect with one another.
I’m also starting a few traditions – my partner’s and my first house, plumbing issues and all, is ours to fill with good cheer. We’ll get to pick where the tree goes, and the perfect placements for our humble collection of decorations and perhaps have that glass of wine – wearing my favorite ugly Christmas sweater – while we watch a winter sunset from our sunroom. We’ll see how it all unfolds; that’s part of the beauty of it, and I’m – exhales – letting go and giving thanks. – Executive Editor Amanda MacLaren
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34 TAKE IT EASY
Local experts discuss opportunities for self-care
52 THE WEDDING GUIDE
Jenna Parks of Southern Bride & Groom provides a month-by-month timeline to get you to your big day
60 ’TIS THE SEASON
Allie and Mark Balling share how they make their Hope Valley home merry and bright
62 HOME, MADE
Design trends to steal from this year’s Parade of Homes