The Beauty of Christ­mas— IN ALL STYLES

Country Sampler Holiday Homes December 2018 - - Editor’s Note - Su­san Wag­ner

Ev­ery year, I look for­ward to go­ing to our lo­cal Hol­i­day House Tour. I love the ex­cite­ment of step­ping through each front door and see­ing what awaits me. It’s al­most like walk­ing into the Wonka candy fac­tory—amaze­ment at ev­ery turn. I love see­ing how oth­ers en­vi­sion the hol­i­days and how they ex­press their per­son­al­i­ties and likes in their dec­o­rat­ing. One home may fea­ture a pro­fu­sion of glitz and glamour that makes you feel as if you are walk­ing into a Hol­ly­wood star­let’s home. An­other house may be abun­dant in fresh green­ery, earthy pinecones, and rus­tic cabin-style Christ­mas trees. While yet a third might have a retro hol­i­day theme with smil­ing lit­tle elves peek­ing out of cup­boards and old-fash­ioned toys lin­ing the man­tel. I cer­tainly have my fa­vorites, but I al­ways find some­thing in­ter­est­ing and dif­fer­ent in each home. And at the end of the walk, my brain is work­ing over­time, en­vi­sion­ing all the ways I can re­ar­range my Christ­mas decor to give it a new look. We hope this spe­cial is­sue of Hol­i­day Homes is like a vir­tual house walk for you. Page through the seven beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated houses in the Fes­tive Homes sec­tion (and if you like one of the looks, try your hand at the DIY projects fea­tured at the end of the story). Go be­yond the homes, though, and strive to make this your best Christ­mas ever. Turn to the Hol­i­day Ba­sics sec­tion to dis­cover de­signer ways to dec­o­rate with green­ery, trim your tree and set your hol­i­day ta­ble. And then take a peek at the Sea­sonal Joys sec­tion to find new recipes for a clas­sic Christ­mas din­ner and fun road trips to ex­tend the sea­son. Merry Christ­mas and Happy Hol­i­days from our home to yours!

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