I love the holidays! For me, that includes planning and decorating for family events, frantic deadlines at the magazine and last-minute shopping. As I get older though, I find that those things aren’t as important as they once were. The holidays are truly a time of giving and reflecting. It’s an opportunity to be grateful for all the wonderful things we have been blessed with over the past year, and look forward to good things to come in the new year.
The holidays are also a time when we celebrate our children–their innocence, wonder and potential for the future. I invite you to read about our Enterprising Woman, Bri Steilberg, who has found her life’s purpose in nurturing and guiding children through her work at Kinder Haus Montessori.
In this issue we also highlight the magical celebrations that St.Tammany has to offer for kids and kids-at-heart. The St. Tammany Tourist Commission has compiled a “nice” list of their own, featuring all the places Santa can be found on the Northshore along with other holiday festivities.
As always, we have our annual Gift Guides from businesses in our community to help you shop for the perfect presents for loved ones. To add a little glitz and glam to your look for that special holiday gathering or New Year’s Eve party, check out our fashion spread with festive looks from local retailers.
It’s always a priority of ours to support local businesses and bring you The Northshore’s Best. This year, we’re starting the party early with voting starting on December 2. We encourage you to learn more about some of last year’s winners starting on page 25. Visit sophisticatedwoman.com or our Facebook page to cast your vote for this year’s area favorites.
Finally, I’d like to thank our community and loyal readers for your support over the last year. I am most thankful for the opportunity to take the reins of the magazine and continue the legacy that Joanne Gallinghouse envisioned over 30 years ago. From our family at Sophisticated Woman Magazine, we wish you the best. May the holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.