THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS upon us — ready or not.  If things continue to go well with more and more people getting vaccinated and COVID-19 case numbers staying low, it seems we’ll be able to celebrate our respective traditions surrounded by friends and family. At our house, the tradition is a lazy morning with a big breakfast at home, gift exchange and calling out-of-town loved ones before setting off to the French Quarter to ramble around with like-minded friends viewing decorations and spreading holiday cheer. We managed an abbreviated version of our Vieux Carre revelry for 2020 and look forward to reprising the full festivities for 2021. 

At home, it’s of course that time of year to make everything both a little more cozy and a lot more festive. In this issue, we have everything you need to do just that. From tips to organize your holiday gear and a delectable shortbread cookie recipe from baker extraordinare Beth Biundo, to all of the plush, soft pillows and blankets to hygge yourself into oblivion and, as always, a couple of gorgeous homes to ooh and ahh over. Home pastry chefs are going to want to make sure to catch Price Mix to see our picks for the best stand mixers, before you start your holiday baking.  There really is something for everyone in the issue, so cuddle up with some hot cocoa or a hot toddy and dig in. However you celebrate, happiest of happy holidays to you and yours. Cheers!