I love this time of year! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Pancha Ganapati, the new year, or any other holiday, you can’t help but feel the excitement that the magic of December brings.

This issue of West Chester & Liberty Lifestyle is packed with ways to make your holiday merry and bright. Interiors Plus shows us three ways to take an ordinary mantel and make it extraordinary. We asked the Lakota music department to help build the ultimate holiday playlist. And you’ll read some great tips on how to throw a memorable New Year’s Eve party.

If you have a lengthy shopping list to conquer this month, look at some of our favorite gift picks from the shops at the Cincinnati Premium Outlets just up the road. When you’re ready to take the kids or grandkids to meet Santa, you’ll want to visit Liberty Center. We scored an exclusive interview with the man-in-red to learn about his holiday routine. While you’re out shopping, don’t forget to reference the list of charities from our November issue that could use your support this holiday season.

The long, cold winter days can sometimes feel slightly monotonous, so I love to plan winter weekend getaways for the family. I recently visited The Greenbrier and fell in love with this luxurious and historic hotel, just a five-hour drive away.

If cold December days make you want to curl up with a good book by the fire, we have three must-reads for you—all written by Liberty Township resident Eleanor Tremayne.

Find a cozy spot by the fire and spend some time with us this December.

Happy Holidays!

Michelle Moody, Publisher