It seems we anticipate the coming of Christmas all year, so it is not surprising that we devote much energy to preparing for this festive period, when family and friends gather. Whether a snowfall blankets the ground or balmy temperatures prevail, our home’s interior is lovingly adorned with a cherished collection of ornaments, garland, tinsel, and ribbon to create a welcoming backdrop for our time together.
For our latest Victoria Classics issue, we have compiled a treasury of ideas to inspire you as this celebratory season approaches. If you want to establish a new “traditional” menu for feasting, see our delicious recipes for preparing a beautifully appointed meal. If you plan to travel away from hearth and home, celebrate Christmas across the land at an illustrious Kentucky antiques gallery, a charming Atlanta bed-and-breakfast, and one of America’s foremost historic cities—Boston, Massachusetts.
When you long for the spirit of Yuletide, take a quiet moment to enjoy the wealth of beauty we have compiled for your pleasure in Holiday Bliss. Get your copy on newsstands October 27, or order online now!
Here are just a few stories that you won’t want to miss.
Richly appointed in rustic stone and wood-paneled walls with wooden ceiling beams, this alluring enclave in Birmingham, Alabama, is dressed appropriately for the season. Earthy treasures such as pinecones, evergreen sprigs, moss, and juniper berries have been artfully honed into decorative delights.
A Timeless Tribute to Gracious Living
The legacy of the Wakefield-Scearce Galleries—once a renowned school for young women—is perhaps best illuminated during the holidays, when the shops are gleaming with treasures and the property’s rich history comes alive with the jubilant spirit of the season. In keeping with the Kentucky landmark’s original mission, the site remains a wellspring of knowledge and inspiration. (Image from KB)
Preparing the Feast
Possibly no meal is more lovingly planned than our Christmas dinner. A menu derived from family origins and time-honored customs, this most celebratory repast always comes together with the help of many hands, many hearts, and many well-kept secrets. (Image from KB)