Just when we think we can’t wait any longer, it arrives—the most wonderful time of the year. And with the season comes a whole slew of festive parties and gatherings with family and friends. In the November/December issue of Southern Home, we feature some of the most beautiful homes in the South dressed up in their holiday finery and ready to open their doors and welcome guests. Designer Shelby Wagner and fragrance purveyor Niven Morgan regularly embrace change as they enjoy redecorating their 4,900-square-foot manse, not only for the holidays but year-round. For her cousin, designer Mallory Mathison Glenn creates a home with a classically Southern foundation perfectly suited for layering on the warmth and comfort of the season. And designer John Oetgen finds inspiration for his mountain retreat in its beautiful surroundings and adds an extra dose of winter charm this time of year. Plus, discover festive ideas for decorating that all-important mantel in preparation for your own holiday gatherings. And as you’re looking for the latest trends in gifting this year, check out our guide. Wishing you the very best this season from our Southern Home family to yours.