Enjoy your December DeSoto Magazine!

The Return of the Light

​It begins in September, the shortening of days, when sunset arrives earlier each night and darkness dominates as the earth tilts away from the sun. And then something magical happens in December. The winter solstice arrives and the days begin to stretch longer again.

It seems apropos, then, that we honor the holidays with lights. In addition to nature’s return of the sun, the shining illuminance we create reflects what Jesus brought the world when he was born. There’s also the miracle of Hanukah, when a temple light continued for eight days when it was destined to burn out in one.

Even though social distancing has curtailed activities this year, visitors can still enjoy holiday lights throughout the region. (That’s me at Gulfport’s Harbor Lights Winter Festival which will offer more than a million lights this year!) Tom Adkinson takes us on a tour of some of the top places where you can stay in your car and see the lights, while Karon Warren gives us a peek at Brookgreen Gardens’ “Nights of a Thousand Candles.”

For those who prefer a quiet evening at home by the fireplace (and maybe with some popcorn), DeSoto Coeditor Mary Ann DeSantis provides a rundown of holiday movies and why they resonate with audiences, particularly in tough times like these.

Congratulations go out to our Jackie Sheckler Finch, whose DeSoto Magazine story about Tupelo’s 150th anniversary won first place in the magazine category in the Society of American Travel Writers Central States Media Awards. We’ve won numerous awards this year, thanks to our excellent writing staff.

Happy Holidays everyone and may the light shine on you this month and always!

Cheré Coen