The December 2023 Issue


North Carolina Christmas Trivia

Communities across the state ring in the holidays with celebrations that reflect our home. Take the December Issue’s quiz to test your knowledge of celebrations that reflect our home.

Welcome Home

Fraser Firs

Our state boasts the second-largest Christmas tree industry in the country. With full, emerald-green branches and plenty of pageantry, Fraser firs are at the root of a classic North Carolina Christmas.

90th Anniversary


Tastes of the Season

Toast to Tradition

A pair of special eggnog glasses reminds a writer of the simple rituals shared between father and daughter during the holiday seasons of her youth in Winston-Salem.

Healing Through Challah Bread

After a fast-paced career in restaurant kitchens, a Greensboro chef found peace in baking at home. During Hanukkah and other Jewish holidays, her challah helps people across the country slow down and focus on faith and family.

A Grandmother’s Guidance

One part love, one part generosity, one part powdered sugar: At Christmastime, a granddaughter bakes heirloom cookies from memory using the treasured tools of the women whose legacies she carries on in the kitchen.