As the most wonderful time of the year descends upon us, join us in this season of merriment, and bask in an array of festive inspiration—from tabletop ideas fashioned with pretty pairings of treasured holiday china to fresh decorating tips with winter blooms and cheery trimmings. Every big city and tiny hamlet in the South celebrates Christmas in its own special way, so journey with us to experience the seasonal splendor of a brilliant mansion in Atlanta; a storied plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana; and stunning historic home tours in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Eufaula, Alabama. But if you’d rather stay home for the holidays, we’ve packed our pages with plenty of ways to bedeck your own abode, and no holiday home would be complete without a lineup of comforting fare. You won’t want to miss our menus for a robust Christmas Eve dinner and a glorious breakfast for the year’s most anticipated morn, as well as a collection of taste-tempting treats to indulge in all the while. We hope this issue helps bring you and yours a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year!