Heather Rath recently commented to me that life goes by faster for people who work on monthly publications. I would say that is probably accurate. In preparation for this issue, our team has seen The Nutcracker, been to Hilton Head Prep’s Festival of Trees, had an interview with the Grand Marshall of the Bluffton Christmas parade and Mr. & Mrs. Claus, participated in a team holiday photo shoot and more. As I write this, it’s not even Thanksgiving, but it feels like January 1 is tomorrow.
It seems that these few weeks between Halloween and New Year’s Eve are as frenzied as ever. Shopping to be done, extended families to entertain and holiday work functions to attend—all while handling everything we normally do on a weekly basis.
I’m here to remind you to slow down and attempt to actually enjoy the moments this year. We put so much pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect, when in actuality, most of us would just like to BE with the people we care about. Hunter and I have been having a repeated conversation about being intentional with our words and actions. So many of us are running around with our noses stuck in our phones, missing out on what is happening in the room around us.
So, in the event this isn’t already a thing in your family, how about instituting a “no phones” holiday this year? Who knows, you may even enjoy talking to your third cousin Steve about his passion for WrestleMania. (That one’s for you, Nick.)
Every December we feature new businesses that have popped in our area over the last year or so. Despite it being a very strange year, many locals have used the pandemic to reassess their lives and start new ventures. Others have just taken their businesses and moved them to the Lowcountry (because who wouldn’t want to live here?!). Read all about them, starting on page 75.
It’s so nice to have both Courtney and Barry contributing again, although instead of arguing this month, they are writing about Christmas traditions and what to gift your family when the supply chains have messed up the regularly scheduled present delivery.
Wishing you and yours a merry holiday season, filled with love and light!
From all of us at CH2/CB2