First Word from the Publisher

by Sue Hodgson – 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Here we are with the final issue of 2021 and what a year it has been. I don’t know about all of you, but this year seems to have gone even faster than our race to finish off Covid 2020.

We welcome December in with a big old bang, and even though there will be no parade this year, there will be plenty of Peninsula holiday markets to visit and Victoria Carriage Tours will offer festive rides in downtown Sidney. You can sit and relax and see the town transform into a twinkling wonderland to celebrate the holiday season. In this issue we have a variety of features to sink your festive teeth into! There’s Joan’s step-by-step recipe for a decadent trifle (pg 15) accompanied by Tania’s suggestions of what to drink with it, and Cassidy’s family tradition of homemade German Stollen (pg 63). If food isn’t your thing, Lara shares some of her favourite holiday gifts for everyone on your list (pg 10), plus we have holiday design ideas galore: from Hansell & Halkett’s family craft (pg 40) to Seaberry’s Christmas Wreath three ways (pg 22). If that’s not enough inspiration, check out Seaside Homes where homeowner Liz Trudeau out did herself with mastering the art of simple holiday decorating (pg 81).

It has been a long, and another difficult year for us all. As the New Year approaches we can all take a moment to stop and reflect on the year we have had and then look ahead to the next. It’s only fitting as it’s our last issue of 2021, that I pause to express our gratitude for your readership and support. The entire Seaside family works hard to publish our magazine, and all your positive feedback makes it worthwhile. On behalf of our whole team, thank you. We look forward to providing you with the very best magazine we can in 2022!

Best of the season to everyone,
Seaside Sue

Shopping Cart