It’s that time of year again! Convenience stores are again offering pumpkin spice-flavored coffee. The department stores are now playing their Christmas play lists and have placed their holiday decorations on the shelves, along with the products they hope will be high on people’s gift lists. Folk are gearing up to throw and/or attend holiday parties. 

I know there are some people who love to shop. I don’t mind it, in moderation, but not if it requires fighting the crowds and waiting in long lines. Whether you like to shop or not, we hope you’ll check out our Holiday Gift Guide inside this issue. It’s chock full of great gift ideas, from beautiful fine jewelry to house-cleaning services. We’re sure you’ll find something for almost everyone on your list, and it’s always good to “go local.”

This month in our Open House section, interior designer Gia Rose with Designer’s Markets points out some simple and inexpensive ways to decorate for winter and the holidays. Among her suggestions: place faux fur pillows and throws across couches, chairs and beds to instantly warm up a room; write holiday-themed sayings on chalk boards; and wrap ribbons around dining room chairs and pillows.

Making plans for New Year’s Eve? Check out our Hot Spot. Pub W offers creative takes on classic pub fare, like Pigs in a Blanket and Hand-Battered Fish & Chips, as well as more healthy options for those whose resolutions included losing weight, in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. This restaurant also has garnered the reputation of drawing in craft cocktail connoisseurs, and offers a wide variety of beers as well.

There’s lots of good stories and beautiful photos inside, so why don’t you fix yourself a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider, find a comfortable place to curl up, and enjoy this, our December (Winter & Revels) issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle?

Is marriage in your plans for 2019? Every year, dozens of couples choose to exchange or celebrate their vows at Oklahoma Memorial Union, in the heart of the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. Make sure to read the sidebar on how to select the “perfect” wedding or engagement ring.

Publisher Jimmy Darden and I wish all our readers and advertisers a holiday season filled with good cheer as well as a prosperous and memorable New Year.