This issue of Woodbury Magazine closes out 2022, and we’re ending the year on a high note. In this issue, we’re celebrating the season of giving back and the joy of tradition.
Speaking of tradition, I started a new one in my family last year, one that I intend to keep for quite some time. I’ve never had the duties of hosting holiday gatherings—we tend to do a rotation cycle of hosting duties, so it may be awhile until it’s my time—but I always bring a tasty gift for our host or hostess. Last year, I created what I call Christmas Tree Bread, a warm and cheesy appetizer that only lasted a few minutes before being devoured. It was so good that I’ve since made a couple of variations of it; for the Superbowl, Easter and just because. Find the recipe for Christmas Tree Bread on page 44, along with a few more recipes from our Editorial Advisory Board.
And, in the mood of giving back, we’re sharing the stories of a few locals, who have given back in big ways. On page 22, Vickie Snyder of Basic Needs Thrift Shop shares how the nonprofit organization has assisted families in need from Washington County. She says, “Success is seeing our clients receive the support they need, instilling self confidence, empowering them and helping them achieve self-sufficiency.” And writer Zoe Deal connects with three local Girl Scouts who’ve brought a sense of purpose to one of Woodbury’s senior living communities. Read Cultivating Connection on page 34.
Top off your holiday cheer with Phil Thompson’s annual charity album—released earlier last month. Thompson shares the details of his newest album, how the traditional album got its start and more on page 18.
From our team to your family, Happy Holidays!