Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Martha Stewart Living - - Contents - El­iz­a­beth Graves, Edi­tor in Chief el­iz­a­[email protected]­art.com @ebgraves

EV­ERY YEAR I LOOK FOR­WARD to Thanks­giv­ing, and while the act ual day and meal it­self are won­der­ful, that’s not my fa­vorite part. For nearly an en­tire week, my fam­ily has the rare chance to be to­gether un­der one roof at my mother’s home in Wis­con­sin. It’s that time—spent cre­at­ing menus and shop­ping list s, cook­ing and bak­ing, kick­ing back and laugh­ing, eat­ing and, well, eat­ing—that helps the miles be­tween us and the months apart fall away. It’s al­ways a com­fort­ing and fa­mil­iar sight to find my brother at the kitchen ta­ble in the early hours of the morn­ings. He’s no longer st udy­ing like when we were kids, but an­a­lyz­ing stocks, and the cof­fee is usu­ally brew­ing and the news­pa­per is al­ready there. It tick­les both of us to see our lit­tle boys wake up and play to­gether for hours, mak­ing a maze of train tracks, forts, and new tra­di­tions of their own (af­ter­noon scoots along the lake, crack­ing pis­ta­chios with Grammy come snack time). I’m also ea­ger to be in the kitchen, where my hus­band and sis­ter-in-law al­ways make Thanks­giv­ing prep both wildly fun and re­ward­ing. And noth­ing makes me hap­pier than the con­tent look on my mom’s face be­fore she heads to bed each night, know­ing all her kids and grand­kids are home. By the time I act ually sit down to en­joy Thanks­giv­ing sup­per, which will be a mix of old fam­ily recipes and new ones from th­ese pages, my heart is full: I know there’s so much to be grate­ful for. Here’s wish­ing you and yours an ex­tra-sp ecial hol­i­day and mem­o­rable mo­ments all month long. En­joy the is­sue!

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