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Finding Christmas
Several local expatriates reflect on the rich traditions of their homelands, and recognize a connection between the hallmarks of American holidays and the celebrations they know by heart.

Hallelujah Chorus
Hundreds of talented Millikin University choir members and instrumentalists perform carols from around the world during Vespers, a treasured holiday tradition in Decatur for almost 60 years.

Joy to the World
In this issue, we explore customs and traditions from other countries and discover how the season's joyful spirit brings people of all cultures together during the holidays.

cover illustration by Tronnie Goss

Bavarian Holiday
Four longtime friends pack up their lederhosen and dirndls and head overseas to experience Munich's famous fall festival and embrace a culture characteristic of their German descendants…Prost!

Foreign Flavors
For a twist on traditional dessert favorites, try a few time-honored recipes from the old country, like Puerto Rico's flán or German crêpes — finales sure to sweeten your holiday feasts.

International Wines
Columnist Kevin Graham recommends vintages from far off locales this season, including Italy's sparkling whites and the robust reds of Chile, Australia, and Argentina.




Arts and Entertainment
Travel and Leisure
Home and Garden


Window Shopping
Downtown storefronts beckon holiday shoppers with festive displays of unique gift ideas, and merchants offer their favorites to please anyone on your list.

arts & entertainment

Countdown To Christmas
Mom-approved and sure to keep kids busy before the big day: The top five tried-and-true, favorite Decatur holiday events for good little girls and boys — and their parents!

travel & leisure

Games On Ice
Local hockey teams provide hot competition and training for growing numbers of young athletes. Their many fans are fired up, too!

home & garden

Deck The Halls
Local designers say “anything goes” on the home decorating front this holiday season, with glitz and glitter sharing the spotlight with traditional elements from nature.

Toast The Season Tour
Contributor Zach Shields and a merry band of cohorts sample drinks concocted especially for the holidays by jolly barkeeps from Decatur restaurants.

Puppy Love
“A dog's tail never lies,” says Contributor Pam Smith of her newest best friend. Local animal shelters make it easy for you to bond, too, through special holiday foster programs.

Winter Workouts
Exercising in the outdoor elements is invigorating for mind and body — and tips from Contributor Sally Bestcher will keep you safe, dry, and toasty from head to toe.

Night Lights
Two Decatur entrepreneurs had the bright idea to launch a business that transforms the exteriors of area homes to dazzling holiday showpieces. All you have to do is enjoy the brilliance…








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