Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanza! Happy New Year! Good tidings to all!

I’m thrilled to celebrate the holiday season with you this year. The weather is crisp. Lights are twinkling. And my children’s wish list is getting longer by the minute. The holidays have definitely arrived!

This issue is chock full of some of the greatest gifts you can give for the holidays (including some you may want yourself)! It was a hard job culling through dozens of products to pick the best ones, but it was worth it! I hope you find the perfect present for the perfect person this season.

Be sure to also check out the beautifully photographed article about creating a holiday dessert table sans the stress. And the alluring Home for the Holidays feature has splendid tips from the experts at Modify Atlanta to get anyone’s home holiday-ready with a few simple steps.

With the erratic nature of the holidays now upon us, I plan to jump into it full force. This is the time when memories are made. It’s the time for cookie baking, tree decorating and ornament making. It’s the time for fireplaces, carols and hot apple cider. It’s the time of year when a few bars of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” can make me tear up. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

My wish for you is a quiet moment to reflect on the meaning for the season and to breathe in a sense of gratitude, not for all you will get, but for all you have to give.

In my bag this month, there are three gifts I’m giving myself. AppLights are amazing technology-meets-Christmas outdoor holiday lights controlled by…you guessed it…an app! ($59.95, AppLights.com). The Tile is another app-run piece of technology. It’s a tiny blue-tooth tracker that will make sure I never lose my keys again! ($25, TheTileApp.com). Mionetto Prosecco is my sparkling pinnacle of this splendid season. It can turn any December day into a celebration! (about $14.95, MionettoProseccoUSA.com).

As always, if you see something we should cover, email me (maria.smith@lifestylepubs.com). Or just stop me in Publix, browsing Cumberland Mall, or indulging in a creme-filled crueller at Krispy Kreme.

Happiest of holidays!