Thursday, July 20, 2017  

Letter From the Publisher

Welcome Home

Tis the season to be jolly… Tis also the season for entertaining, sightseeing, shopping, and adding a few last minute touches to your home before the chill of winter really sets in.

In this issue of The House & Home Magazine we have compiled a great selection of stories to guide you through the holiday season into the winter months. Our holiday features include articles on creating a stunning table setting to go with the perfect Christmas dinner. After reading that article take a step back in time to experience the Christmas traditions at Stratford Hall in Westmoreland county that come to life each year at this time.

If you are looking for that perfect gift to buy a friend or loved one consider purchasing them an oyster plate. These beautiful items are not only perfect for decorating, but they are also chocked full of history and customs from days gone by. We can help you make the right selection with our article on collecting oyster plates.

If you’re interested in oysters take a look at the History of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster. This article will not only educate you on the processes of the oyster, but also explain the history of the oyster business.

Once Christmas is past it is time to move on to the New Year, but not before ballots are casts and debutants are crowned at the Holly Ball. 

Readers can enjoy a sneak peak at the customs of Holly Ball, and how the event has transformed over the past 113 years.
It seems as if just when the New Year’s Ball drops in Times Square the long list of resolutions begin. For many of us they will begin with the same old lose five pounds, do more charity work, get organized, finally add a third bathroom to the house and so forth. At The House & Home Magazine we come in somewhere between the charity work and the organization. In fact, right before you start to tackle your organizational woes take a quick glance at our Home Organizational Tips for the New Year.

If your New Year’s resolutions for your home go a bit further than just getting organized you may want to read our articles on decorating your bedroom, updating your kitchen, renovating your bathroom, or winterizing your home. If these tasks seem too daunting and you don’t know where to begin you may want to look at the home builders and contractors throughout our magazine, especially the articles on Benjamin Rennolds and L.U. Pearce.

We hope you enjoy these pieces we have selected for you and they add ease to your holiday season. From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Remember, tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la… — jlb