The December 2019 Issue


We Live Here

Downtown: Statesville

Horse-drawn carriages, carolers on the sidewalks, storefronts aglow with Christmas lights: In December, downtown Statesville is full of comfort and joy. Even after the season ends, the magic lingers.


Creating Christmas Magic

The Toymaker’s Elves

In the 1960s, the Belk department store windows in Thomasville were a Christmas wonderland. Today, a real-life Geppetto brings the wonder of festive shop windows back to life.

Silent Night in the Kitchen

The stockings are hung, the cookies are out, and the house is now miraculously quiet. Just one more thing to do before bed: make the breakfast dish that’s become a tradition.


Meet Clarence Claus

The Santa that so many have been waiting for has already wrapped Oprah’s presents and thousands more since an Apex couple created him for a line of holiday paper and stationery. Soon, he will appear under trees across the state.