With bellies still full from Thanksgiving we enter the last month of the year. December was always a special month growing up. Counting down the days to Christmas, lighting candles at night, and the smell from baking cookies are all part of the memories we cherish most.
As we grew older the joy of giving became more important than receiving and eventually the most important part about the holidays turn out to be spending time with family.
It’s also the month when we take a moment to reflect on what the year has brought as we turn the last page of the calendar and start making plans for the coming year. It’s the time for counting blessings, forgiving wrongdoings and renewing hopes for a new year to do good deeds.
Here at Monthly it was a year of revitalization. A welcome change at the helm of the magazine opened up the opportunity to build the strongest most passionate team ever, a move to our new collaborative office space puts as the heart of the Lowcountry and just in time to end the year with a bang we introduce a new look with a more readable typography and stronger visual elements.
True to our mission of connecting the communities we serve, the content in this issue is full of all facets of local life. Here are just a few highlights that will enhance your season: Religious leaders reflect on the holidays, a look behind the scenes of heritage cookies, letters to Santa, a new columnist will teach you leadership, fashion to celebrate, our annual Reader’s Choice winners represent the best of the Lowcountry and our inaugural “Eat More Local” savings booklet will help you savor the finest for less.
All of this would not be possible without our loyal business partners, our engaged readers and the fabulous team at Monthly. So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts and happy holidays!
Anuska and Marc Frey
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