The holidays are a time for familiar feelings and joyful memories to be shared with loved ones. From homemade Christmas cookies and eggnog to the sparkling white lights and fresh greenery that adorn your favorite spaces, each day brings another opportunity to open your home to friends and family and share those special details. Whether you choose to make Christmas a time of grand gatherings or of quiet, simple moments around the tree, this issue features homes that are decorated to reflect what brings happiness to those that live in them. A unique color palette and understated accents set the holiday theme for the home of designer Traci Zeller (page 35) as she welcomes a busy social schedule in Charlotte. In Dallas, designer and author Betty Lou Phillips prepares for traditional family events and uses a plethora of trees, birch branches, and wrapped packages to greet her guests (page 27). With a stunning collection of antique finds on display, designer Sarah Ott creates a festive spirit throughout her New Orleans home with playful colors and prints (page 45). The Southern Home team wishes you the happiest of holidays, and we hope you find inspiration to deck the halls in ways that bring the magic of Christmas to your own home.