As the snowflakes fall and our beautiful region transforms from harvest oranges to a blanket of winter white, we begin to turn inward for the season of ‘hibernation’. This is a great time of year to make adjustments to your home, and invite fresh winter vibes into your spaces. Let the bright white of winter shine in and light up your memories from the year past. As we reflect on 2021, we can all say that it has been another year for the books; unprecedented changes and new beginnings have definitely graced all of our lives. Whether the year was one to reflect on happily or not there is one thing we all need to bring to the proverbial Christmas table – a smile. For if you bring a smile, whether shopping, hitting a drive through or just walking down the street you have the power to light up someone’s day; and isn’t that what we all need right now and through the holiday bustle? A big, huge, happy, nice-to-see-you SMILE.
Welcome to the Christmas issue of Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine. In this issue we share with you the joys of winter and of the holidays. There is no better time to bundle up and hit the great outdoors for a little winter fun. Get out on the OFSC snowmobile trails with The Intrepid Snowmobiler, whip up some delicious mouth-watering meals with Weekend at the Cottage and their recipes, or do some crafting with the kids with ideas from Jacquelyn Toupin and Jacob Rodenburg – all in this issue. We also focus on shopping local with ideas to keep your dollars supporting local businesses, and we have our helpful Gift Guide to showcase the great finds that all of our fabulous advertisers want to share with you this season. Find lots of gift ideas inside, including local author Pauline Kiely’s newest book for the reader on your list. The new year brings with it ideas for renovating and refreshing your home, and we have some design inspiration waiting in the pages of this issue for you.
Winter has come, Cottage Country. ‘Tis the season to be warm and cozy, so gather up a blanket and give this holiday issue a read.
Merry Christmas to you and yours – from all of us at Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine; may 2022 bring you joy and prosperity.