FROM THE EDITOR:
Can you believe 2014 is almost here? 2013 was a year of firsts for me. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary, bought my first house, and will spend my first Christmas away from home. This year I will make the trek to my in-laws’ house in North Carolina, as I think last year’s freak Christmas snowstorm scared them from ever coming back to Arkansas for the holidays. While I love my husband’s family dearly, I will miss my friends and family in the Natural State. Before I make my way east, I intend to soak up Christmas in Arkansas as much as I can. There’s something magical about seeing downtown Hot Springs trimmed in garlands and bows and Garvan Woodland Gardens illuminated with millions — yes, millions — of lights. In this issue, we’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas displays in central Arkansas, many of which you can view from the comfort of your (hopefully) heated car, perhaps with some hot cocoa or cider in hand. It’s also time to start thinking about plans for Dec. 31. For those who prefer to ring in the New Year in style, rather than watching the ball drop from the couch in their pajamas, the Arlington is offering not one, but two parties to toast the new year. If you’re one of those who is more excited for the racing season than the upcoming holidays, Oaklawn’s opening day will be here before you know it. Oaklawn has some fun new things in store for racing enthusiasts in 2014, including a craft beer garden and new infield activities. It’s going to be a good year, readers. Happy holidays from us to you.