When the familiar strains of carols mingle with the twinkling of lights and the scent of evergreen boughs, we know that the holiday season is upon us, and we welcome this magical time of year with a sparkling December issue devoted to celebration and good cheer. From a haven of antiques and an alabaster abode to a Châteauesque-style dazzler and an influencer’s home brimming with joy, our parade of pretty residences offers both visual delight and a bounty of inspiration. We stroll through the Christmas markets of Prague, visit The Charles Dickens Museum in London, and step into a delightfully whimsical shop, MacKenzie-Childs at Aurora. A holiday this special deserves a meal to match—our delicious menu centers around the always-impressive Beef Wellington and finishes with decadent Eggnog Panna Cotta. Plus, we showcase a beloved collection of White House ornaments and unfurl our Favorite Things, tied up with a scarlet-ribbons theme.