The December 2022 Issue


Welcome Home



Away in a Menagerie

The gift of a friendly beast, whether hamster, gecko, or goldfish, can inspire holiday joy and wonder — so long as the critter doesn’t attempt a Christmas Eve escape.

Light One Candle

In the 24 busy days leading up to Christmas, a family in Greensboro looks forward to the togetherness and quiet reflection that their simple Advent tradition brings.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

At the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, Santa Claus arrives during the most wonderful time of the year to make every child feel that they’re part of the mosaic of North Carolina life.

Holidays Past & Present

Dickens Village Devotion

In Durham, the careful re-creation of Victorian-era London in miniature takes a Dickens enthusiast back to his childhood in the 1960s, helping him honor Christmas in his heart and keep it all the year.

Fearrington’s Visionaries

Since the 1980s, Fearrington House in Pittsboro has carried on a fine-dining tradition rooted in elegance and shaped by the restaurant’s late founder and its ambitious first chef.