I want to begin my column with a huge thank you to Morgan Packard, Editor of St. Charles Avenue. Morgan is invaluable to me and all of us who work at Renaissance Publishing! She is there every day with multiple jobs and she handles every one of them expertly, seemingly easily, but I know how hard she works and always with a smile on her face. All of you know that Morgan is “the go to girl” at St. Charles Avenue and she always “makes it happen” Thanks Morgan for everything you do!

Celebration in the Oaks is such a success for City Park and our city as a whole. We are thrilled to present them on our December cover. Thanks to CEO of New Orleans City Park Robert Becker; Steven and Andrea Hemperly representing sponsor Capital One; New Orleans City Park Board of Commissioners member Tim Lafranca; and Celebration in the Oaks Committee and City Park Board of Commissioners member Andrea Legrand for gracing our cover, and to Paul Soniat, who’s been with The New Orleans Botanical Garden from its inception! The Preview Party was November 20 with Cowboy Mouth and lots of fun, the Children’s Preview Party was on November 22 and opening night was on November 27. Be sure to be among the over 120,000 visitors to Celebration in the Oaks this year, and help make it the best year ever.

Everyone wants to surprise their significant other with a fabulous piece of jewelry for the holidays, so be sure to check out “What’s Hot” for great ideas. Also our Luxury Gift Guide will blow you away with gifts for the person who has everything.

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Ruthie Frierson, Founder of Citizens For 1 Greater New Orleans, has allowed us into her beautiful home for Christmas. What a treat! Her decorations from the tree to the dollhouse will wow you. Thanks, Ruthie.

C. Collection will celebrate its 15th anniversary next year. For this season, one of our favorite local boutiques has a great selection of holiday and special occasion dresses – keeping in mind all the upcoming dances for winter formals, debutante parties, Valencia, Eight O’Clocks and more! Also, C. Collection has great holiday gifts under $25.

Christmas in the Country is an historic holiday tradition in Covington and it’s worth the trip to the Northshore for you to see the excitement. There is a festive holiday feel to all of the shops and streets, so start on December 2 at the Mimosa Stroll, where the day starts with breakfast, followed by shopping specials and incentives, door prizes and complimentary mimosa’s throughout the day! Sign up to participate through Covington’s Downtown Development office at (985) 892-1873 or toll free (866) 892-1873. There are more events through December 12 – don’t miss out on Christmas in Covington.

Have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!