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Happy holidays from the LOCAL Life team. Front row (from left): Lori Goodridge-Cribb, Dolly the Beach Berner, Jeremy Swartz. Back row: Lance Hanlin, Melissa Page, Charles Grace and Ashlan Saeger.

December is overflowing with joy and happiness. The sweet smell of holiday treats, the pretty lights everywhere you go, the endless holiday parties and gatherings, watching Hallmark movies without anyone judging — it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

As we put the finishing touches on 2019 and prepare for an exciting year ahead (2020 still sounds so futuristic), our team would like to take a moment to thank our readers and advertisers for the continued support.

Starting a new publication seemed like such a gamble when we began this journey in 2017, but a core group of local businesses and friends believed in us. We are proud to say the overwhelming majority of those early supporters are still with us, and we’ve developed some new friendships along the way.

It takes more than our little team to build a great local brand — it takes loyal readers and followers, which you have proven to be. We can honestly say that LOCAL Life would not be here today if you didn’t keep reading, sharing and shopping. Thank you for supporting our advertisers who really make it all possible.

A recent independent survey showed that 74 percent of LOCAL Life readers frequently purchase from the advertisers they see in LOCAL Life. We are so proud of and thankful for the amazing companies who trust their advertising to LOCAL Life. We support them and hope you will too, so next time you visit one of our advertisers, please tell them “LOCAL Life sent you!”

In 2020, we will continue to work hard to be the magazine you proudly display on your coffee table. We will engage with you even more in social media and with our newsletter. And yes, we will keep wishing you a happy birthday, as long as you sign up for the club. Check out the Links page (page 18) to find other ways to connect with LOCAL Life, our advertisers and each other.

In this special holiday issue, you will meet local party planners and specialists, find home entertaining essentials and learn creative entertaining ideas. You will get catering tips from the masters at SERG and uncover secrets for throwing the ultimate soiree. We hope you will be entertained! Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Warm up the house

Mulling spices are probably best known as a seasonal flavor addition for apple cider or mulled wine, but I use them to give my home a wonderful holiday aroma. It’s a must for the day we trim the tree and decorate. Simply simmer the ingredients listed below in a pot of water. It’s beginning to smell
a lot like Christmas!

Scent of the Season


Cinnamons sticks

Whole cloves


Orange peel


Boil all ingredients in a pot of water and let simmer. Sniff and repeat.