Editor’s Letter November/December 2022

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Is there a busier time of the year than the holidays? Family get-togethers, office parties, Secret Santa swaps—and let’s not forget the rushing around to decorate, shop for gifts, and meal plan.

Despite the busy season, there’s nothing I love more than cold winter evenings huddled around a table with those I love the most. There’s an energy in the air that isn’t always present the rest of the year. It’s a spirit of gratitude and cheerfulness that I can’t help but join in on.

This issue is all about helping you get the most out of this season. We have all of the tips you need to create the perfect wine and cheese pairings for your holiday table, thanks to Everyday Sommelier. Flip to page 125 to read how wine experts create a delectable cheese board at any price point. On page 31, you’ll learn how to navigate any holiday stress so you can truly remain present throughout the season. And on page 35, you can learn or rediscover the Kwanzaa holiday traditions of family and unity.

We have some topics to share to keep the conversation around the table lively, too. On page 58, you’ll read the story of Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a local artist residency program that was the birthplace of Dopesick, the book that has been turned into a wildly popular Hulu series. On page 102, you can find the story of Dr. David Horton and his Hellgate ultramarathon. Read about the 66.6 mile race through the cold Virginia mountains, and maybe get inspired to start training for next year’s race. Or learn how to tap local trees for syrup on page 129 and share your newfound knowledge with your friends and family.

As you’re prepping for the holiday season, we have your local gifts covered as well. Read the story of EmGe Naturals, a local, all-natural skin care business with an online and in-store presence, on 43. Their scrubs, lotions, and body butters are perfect gifts for anyone in your life. We have also compiled our annual Holiday Gift Guide full of local products for you to snag for your loved ones. Find the start of the Gift Guide on page 74.

There are so many holidays and celebrations across these next few months, and I hope it’s a season of joy and gratitude for you. However and wherever you are celebrating, I wish you moments of ease and comfort, gathered together with the people you love the most.


Megan Williams, Managing Editor, megan@lynchburgmag.com

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