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Happy Holidays Dear Readers! 

This truly is the most wonderful time of year. As 2017 draws to a close, I have so much for which to be thankful–a wonderful family, a safe, warm home, plenty of food to eat, and enough to share. Our year has had a few surprises, mostly good ones, and I’m excited to see what 2018 brings! 

Our December issue is full of surprises too. Our feature story is one of miracles–the literal kind. Our photographer, Joel Schneider has had a roller coaster year as well as he and wife, Robin, welcomed their daughter Eliora at 21 weeks gestation, an age that is not normally considered viable. But through the power of prayer and modern medicine, little Ellie is still fighting, smashing expectations and winning hearts in the St. Luke’s NICU. Her story will make you believe in miracles. 

If you’re looking for a gift for the person that has everything, check out our giving back gift guide. Whether you’re looking for something to wrap or simply a great organization to donate to, we have options for you. What’s better than knowing that someone else’s life is better because of your gift? 

Personally, I’m looking forward to a holiday season full of family and friends. Without ever exchanging a gift, I feel blessed to have a family to call my own. I have always loved Christmas but having the opportunity to experience the holiday through my daughter’s eyes, and to some extent, her grandparents’ eyes, is like reliving it as a child again myself. We already have Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown score playing on repeat and I can’t wait to start the Christmas baking. All of the trappings, of course, are not the point of the holiday–they are just fun ways to celebrate the real gift, the baby in the manger, the savior, who is Christ the Lord. And if you are one of our Jewish brothers and sisters, Chag Urim Sameach.

Be grateful this season. Be kind. Be generous for we are all blessed. Thank you for reading.

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Rachel