From the cherry red rosehips that "hang like ornaments" in Joan Donaldson's backyard garden to the Village Christmas that poet Loise Pinkerton Fritz presents, each page of this issue demonstrates the beauty and the excitement of the end-of-the-year holiday season. Recipes for holiday cookies from Ideals' readers provide fun in the kitchen with your friends and families. And you may share the familiar words of Louisa May Alcott, Charles Dickens, Gladys Taber, G. K. Chesterton, and many other favorites with your family too. Amid the flurry of holiday activities, we also remember the origin of our celebration as Pam Kennedy writes sympathetically about Mary and Joseph. Ralph W. Seager provides us with new insight into the roll of Bethlehem's innkeeper. And the Nativity is presented in the paintings of master artists, accompanied by the memorable New Testament verses. Beginning with the Holy Star as well as the stars that fill our heavens, poets and writers, photographers and artists enable us to newly appreciate the winter season.