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While 2016 isn’t quite here just yet, there have been so many things in the works that are scheduled to make their big reveals in the coming months. From the Four Seasons resorts—both here on O‘ahu, and also its sister property on Lana‘i—to the remaining shops at the new Ewa Wing at Ala Moana Center, to the number of tony condominiums scheduled for completion, the new year has change written all over it.

But there’s still plenty going on in the weeks ahead. While a white Christmas may not be in the forecast here in Honolulu, we’ve sprinkled this issue’s spread with a few festive features to spark a little Yuletide cheer. Flip through our “12 Days of Christmas” gift guide on pg. 39 to cover everyone on your holiday list. Next, get a look at the winter wonderland that is the Philpotts’ residence this time of year in “Holiday Hale” on pg. 118—and perhaps even gather the gumption to deck your own halls for those obligatory, end-of-year gatherings. And no party is complete without food and drink. Writer Jennifer Fiedler shows you how to take Champagne cocktails to greater heights (“A Sparkling Toast," pg. 186). And speaking of bubbly, master sommelier Roberto Viernes proves that Italy’s prosecco is giving Moët a run for its money this season in “Puttin’ on the Spritz” on pg. 190.

Also in this issue, we had the chance to chat with two personalities—both highly influential in their own spheres. First, editor Catherine Caldwell shares her one-on-one with screen siren Catherine Deneuve during her recent visit to Hawai‘i to accept the Hawai‘i European Cinema Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Read her story, “The Muse,” on pg. 122. Second, Vivienne Westwood America CEO Cristiano Minchio was also here in Honolulu to talk fashion and about the ever-innovative label’s next move. I have a feeling we won’t be seeing the last of him. Find out more in “Vivienne La Revolución!” on pg. 128.

While anticipation is certainly in the air, I do try to “be present” when I can. As we whiz through the last month of 2015 with the usual maelstrom of deadlines looming overhead, holiday cards waiting to be sent out, and getting ready for family and friends who are coming to visit, there are still those seemingly ordinary instances that allow me to pause for a minute. And I let myself enjoy those moments for all they’re worth. A few recent “in the now” occasions include going through my daughter’s artwork—the bulk of her colorful pictures includes drawings of her and me (OK, I’m a bit of a narcissist—there, I’ve said it.) together; and Sunday nights when my husband and I can watch The Leftovers in peace. Sure, these are both pretty small things, but they do wonders for recharging the soul—enough so that I’ll hit the ground running by the time we ring in the new year. Happy holidays!