From the Editor

Story Stacy Clark

I have what some might call a Proustian relationship with green bean casserole. My mom’s canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup and Durkee French Fried Onions … simple, yes, but these three ingredients form the memory-sparking dish that sends my mind home for the holidays.

This issue celebrates other holiday constants in our community such as the Happy Irby Christmas Fund, the Old Waverly Victorian Dinner, family recipes from readers and a beautiful West Point home decked out for the winter season in handmade wreaths and family heirlooms.

Then there’s gospel — the burden-lifting, spirit-raising genre of music sure to raise the hands of even the most down-trodden. The Golden Triangle is rich with choirs, quartets and men’s choruses whose performances shake souls every Sunday of the year, but at Christmastime, a time for self-reflection and celebrating faith, these performances take on a particularly life-changing power. Perhaps this issue’s cover story will inspire you to add another constant to your family’s holiday routine.

Thank you for the recipes, story ideas and notes of encouragement this year and for making Catfish Alley a part of your New Year.

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