Well, guys, here we are — we have, mercifully, come to the end of 2020. Who could have imagined the path we would take? When I was writing this note last year, we were looking ahead to Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve celebrations and a new decade of flying high, a carefree reboot of the roaring 20s.

Lindsey Adkison

It did not work out that way. We have, collectively, experienced some of the lowest points in recent memory, a global pandemic with colossal loss of life. Every day has quite literally been an exercise in perseverance. This, coupled with the political divisiveness along with the push for justice and racial equality, has proven to be a long road. It’s one made all the more difficult considering the enthusiasm on which we embarked upon it.

I suppose, if anything, it has reinforced the fact that we never know what lies ahead. And that has helped me appreciate the simple things — however ordinary — with the people I love.

As we move into the holiday season, I think it will be a time for us to focus on those precious points in time. In the past, it could be easy to become overwhelmed with obligations — trimming the tree, wrapping the gifts, baking the treats. Hopefully, those won’t be as burdensome this year. Instead, I hope there will be a sense of gratitude rather than stress. After all, there are so many families who will have empty seats at the table, and who’s to say if we’ll occupy ours next year.

I sincerely hope we will all experience a flood of appreciation this year, as we settle in and fill our plates. It may seem a small thing after the intensity of the year, but I think it’s more important than ever before to embrace these small comforts. Food can prove healing and powerful, especially when surrounded by the love of family.

In this edition, we will take a look at some ways to sprinkle some sweetness into your season. From handmade candy courtesy of St. Simons Sweets to crafting a perfect pecan pie, we hope these bright stories enhance your holiday season. So sit back, grab a mug of hot chocolate — or perhaps your favorite glass of red — and sit back

and enjoy our super-sweet holiday issue.

From our table to yours,