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The holiday season is about family, friends and traditions and few cities exemplify that more than Augusta. And if you have any doubts about that, a quick look through the pages of our November/December issue is proof positive.

   The Mantons’ home, which begins on page 28, is a glittering Christmas extravaganza staged each year for the enjoyment of their friends and family. The story tells of the traditions they have built based on the places they’ve lived, people they know and love, and memories of childhood they  continue to honor, cherish and pass on to their children.

    The observance of time honored holiday traditions is a common thread among those who call Augusta home. Each year crowds flock to the annual Nutcracker productions as a popular way to begin the holidays. And the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Sacred Heart is performed to sold out crowds each year—yet another way Augustans set the tone for the season.

    As you read through the magazine you will discover many opportunities for you and your family to establish new traditions or revisit those you enjoy from year to year.

    The story that resonates with me is “At Home for the Holidays,” beginning on page 38. Writer Danielle Moores shares food traditions and recipes from three of the city’s premiere restaurant couples. While all three have spent decades providing delicious food and hospitality to the community, it is interesting to learn about their families’ holiday food traditions. Not only do they share some recipes, but they also describe the connection these recipes have to their families—past and present—and the traditions that have evolved.

    Like them, I have wonderful memories of family, friends and Thanksgiving tables laden with food prepared pretty much single-handedly by my grandmother. And when it was time for me to take on holiday kitchen duty, I came to truly understand what an amazing woman she was. Not only was her food delicious and plentiful, but I realized it also must have taken her days to prepare. Not a Thanksgiving goes by that I don’t experience a sense of awe and admiration for at all she accomplished. And while I have yet to duplicate her cornbread dressing or pecan pie (Light Karo please!) recipes, she is very much present during my efforts, cooking right alongside me—remaining still one of my most treasured holiday traditions.

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