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Always Believe

I recently read about Jolabokaflod, a national tradition in Iceland where everyone exchanges books on Christmas Eve and then spends the rest of the night reading – and eating chocolate. Known as the “Christmas Book Flood,” Jolabokaflod sounds relaxing as the December calendar gets filled. Some down time before a hectic Christmas morning could be good for the soul. The best holiday memories are often the ones that are different although traditions are hard to break – like bringing you our annual holiday issue.
We couldn’t resist chatting with Santa – aka Richard Jamison – a fixture at Memphis-area Christmas events, including parties at St. Jude’s Target House for children. “Always believe,” he said to us as we scrambled to get just the right cover photo. We did, and we are delighted with the result.
Andrea Brown Ross has an inspiring story about this year’s Forrest Spence Fund, which assists families with critically ill or chronically ill children. The Spence family turned their tragedy into a holiday service project that touches thousands of lives each year.
December is also an exciting time for Mississippians as the State opens two brand-new museums in Jackson. Cheré Coen gives us a sneak peek inside the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
And if you are looking for something different this holiday season, head to New Orleans where writer Patti Nickell visited the Crescent City’s most venerable establishments for the annual Reveillon feasts, a tradition from 18th and 19th century Creole aristocracies. You don’t have to be an aristocrat, however, to enjoy these wonderful dinners.
Whether you decide to stay in and read books, give back to your community, try some new menus, or have a traditional Dickens-style Christmas, we hope your December will be filled with joy.

Merry Christmas from our families to yours,
Mary Ann