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Editor’s Letter – December 2020

By John Roark

Photo by Jesse Reiser

As we entered the production cycle for the December issue, I was grappling with the thought, “How can it possibly be the end of the year already?” 2020 reminds me of how they used to illustrate the passing of time in old movies, with pages rapidly flying off the calendar.

Since stepping into the role of editor in chief of Phoenix Home & Garden, I have sincerely appreciated hearing from readers. I’ve gotten letters, emails and phone calls from those who love the direction we’re going, and that’s gratifying to hear. Of course, when subscribers are unhappy, that’s on my shoulders as well. We received some push-back on last year’s holiday issue primarily because, as one letter said, “it just wasn’t Christmas-y enough.” We trust we have corrected that this time around by featuring homes beautifully festooned for the season. Whether you deck your halls sparingly or swing for the fences adorning every surface with pine boughs, nutcrackers and elves on shelves, we hope there’s something on these pages to give a festive nudge to your yuletide spirit.

For some of us, 2020 won’t go down as one of our favorite years. For others, the last 12 months have been business as usual. And for many—in particular the architects, builders, interior designers and landscape professionals we connect with on a daily basis—the status quo is booming.

Wherever you find yourself in the here and now, we at Cities West Media wish you a joyous holiday season and a safe, healthy and prosperous tomorrow.


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