In my mind, November—logically—is the beginning of the holiday season. Each month of this holiday issue of HOME—November, December and January—offers a variety of seasonal celebrations. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, it sounds as if winter in our area will be a mixed bag, with the first snow predicted sometime toward the end of November!

As you ready your home for the season, be inspired by the traditions and trimmings featured in HOME’s holiday Showcase home, Ridgewood Farm. Dating back to 1908, this home— originally a working farm—has been lovingly cared for and restored, maintaining its integrity for over a century.

The many occasions over the next few months revolve around friends and family. Our readers will enjoy brunch recipes found in this issue’s Culinary Corner. What goes around comes around; take the quintessential punchbowl, for example. Learn about its provenance and the renewed enthusiasm for this classic vessel. Plus, we’ve included a couple of recipes to add “punch” to your festivities. Of course, entertaining and decorating go hand in hand. We offer tips on the care and repair of holiday ornaments as well as how to create garlands and wreaths with fresh flora and fauna found in your own backyard. Looking for color in the depths of winter? Enjoy Kate Ericsson’s article on the lovely camellia, queen of the winter flowers.

Local designers and experts offer advice on investment furniture worthy of the splurge (and, conversely, where to save). The Roanoke Valley has an abundance of local makers and talented craftsmen. Readers will enjoy learning about their products, making holiday gift giving unique and personal to our region. Holiday cards are a favorite tradition; understand the history as well as what’s currently acceptable in seasonal greetings to those on your correspondence list—near and far.

Looking ahead, we turn our attention to a new decade and it may be comforting to know that personal planners are regaining popularity. We are once again embracing pen to paper when mapping out our obligations and events—be it day-to-day, weekby- week or month-to-month. As you plan for the year ahead, so is HOME. We look forward to providing engaging content as you continue to design, improve, garden and live your best life in the Roanoke Valley.

We at HOME wish you and yours a delightful holiday and a happy, healthy 2020!

Anne Marie Poore

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