Enjoy the Holidays!

The holiday are here and with it the many opportunities to celebrate the season. I hope you will take a look at our Holiday Happenings feature and plan to attend some of the lovely offerings right here in our community. Not many people live around a famous Christmas boat parade called “One of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation” by the New York Times. The 109th Newport Beach Boat Parade and Ring of Lights home competition is such a lovely tradition. Another fun affair for the family is the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort’s “Lighting of the Bay” the day after Thanksgiving, and tree lighting ceremonies abound at Balboa Bay Resort, Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. Sherman Gardens’ “Nights of 1,000 Lights” is back for a fourth year, the Corona del Mar Christmas Walk draws the entire family, and the Balboa Island Holiday Home Tour offers a peek at nine beautifully decorated island homes. I added one out-of-town holiday extravaganza this year, since it is celebrating its 25th anniversary–Mission Inn’s “Festival of Lights” in Riverside.

If you like a mulled wine for the holidays, Chef Josef Lageder offers the recipe for a European one called Glühwein, which is popular in the German-speaking countries and the Alsace region of France. Paired with a soft-center chocolate torte will tingle your tastebuds!

Maybe the Holy Land is on your bucket list, and, if so, you will enjoy our feature travel story on “Israel: The Land of Milk and Honey.” Jerusalem is a combination of what it was 2,000 years ago and what it is today, a vibrant city. Just a day trip to Petra in Jordan will amaze you with its temples, homes and tombs carved into the sides of an enormous canyon. 

Deirdre Michalski’s Parting Thoughts column will offer some tips to balancing out the holidays when you have children who are grown and married. She has some good suggestions as to how to make it work for everyone.

In closing, however you choose to celebrate the season, make it meaningful and fun. 

See you in the New Year!

Donna Bunce, Editor