Country Living Magazine Magic of Christmas

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One of my favorite magazines has always been Country Living magazine. Find a comfy spot and a cozy blanket to sink into the December issue!

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The magic of Christmas is captured in the December issue of Country Living magazine. Peek inside with me to find the magic, there is so much to be found!

This post is sponsored by Country Living magazine. It may contain affiliate links but all words, reviews, and opinions are mine.

The Magic of Christmas

Country Living magazine has always been one of my favorite magazines. Sophisticated simplicity is the best description of the gorgeous glossy pages.

And the December issue is one I wait for all year long. I love to grab a cup of coffee and curl up on the couch and immerse myself in the pages. This December issue will not disappoint.

I love living in Southern California, but we don’t have as much history or open spaces in this part of the country as there is in the East, South, or North. Country Living magazine gives me the opportunity to peek into homes in different parts of the country and around the world.

Their gorgeous photos transport me to the open spaces and invite me into some incredible country homes. In December, I get to experience snow! Beautiful homes decked out for Christmas. In the snow!

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Country Living magazine recently did a little refresh starting with their October issue. I was excited to see some columns that are inspired by the early days of the magazine. Look for new columns “Everyday Heirlooms” that I can not wait to check out and another new one called “Collectible Cookbooks” that I am sure will become one of my new favorites. Of course, you will also find your Country Living columns like “What is it? What is it Worth?” too.

Super Cozy and a Lot More Country

Let’s take a peek inside the latest magical December issue that is out on newsstands now. Magazines are one of my guilty pleasures. I read through a magazine several times so that I don’t miss any small detail. The first pass that I make is just looking at all of the amazing photos.

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The recent refresh includes larger imagery. I really appreciate this expansive view because I am one of those people who scan photos down to the knick-knacks on side tables or pleats on a chair.

Finding our own moments of magic during the holiday season is a consistent theme through this issue and there are so many articles that I can’t wait to dive into!

I cannot wait, let’s check this issue out together!

Nest, Homes, Gardens & Other Happy Habitats

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This column is one of my favorites! This month, Nest completely captures the magic of unboxing your family’s tiny treasures that decorate your family tree. It’s not about fancy, it’s about feeling.

I am a sucker for homemade ornaments. We still hang the ornaments that the boys made when they were little on our family tree. It is pretty incredible how the memories flood back while we unwrap the heirloom ornaments and decorate the tree.

As we sit in our living room, gazing at the tree, we travel back to Christmases past evoking the memories and cherished moments that knit us together.

Hunt. Antiques & Treasures for a More Collected Life

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If you have followed me for more than a minute, you know that I am a hunter. I love to hunt for vintage items at vintage flea markets and antique stores.

The column “In With the Old” gives you a heads up on collectible items providing pricing ranges and details that are important for you to know as you hunt for collectibles.

This month’s items include sleds, ice skates, and more cozy items that are perfect for the holiday season.

A Special Promotion

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This subscription offer includes a 50% discount on a full year of the print magazine delivered to you AND complimentary digital access to the magazine through the Country Living App (available on iOS & Android). Digital access on the Country Living App also unlocks 10+ years of Country Living so that you can enjoy a Country Living inspiration through the years. I love to have both the print and the digital available so that I can take my time and peruse the print issues or search for an article from the past in the digital archives, I have my choice!

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Secondhandmade is another column that I absolutely love. I love to craft and DIY and I have been collecting vintage Shiny Brite ornaments for years. You can imagine how excited I was to see this column combine both DIY and Shiny Brite ornaments.

I absolutely love the vintage stoneware platter and footed bowl paired together and filled with Shiny Brite ornaments. I am definitely inspired to create a similar centerpiece and I already own a stoneware oval platter and footed bowl so be sure to act surprised when you see a table on my blog styled similarly.

You will know where I found my inspiration!

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Picture Yourself In …

The Picture Yourself In … column is right up my alley. Each month, through this column, you will be taken to wonderful cozy homes that are for sale.

This month is cozy English cottages, one from as early as the 1400s, located in England.

Details include pricing, size, why you’ll love each home.

Also included is a cute legend of how much work needs to be done to the home. One hammer means the home is move-in ready, four hammers mean you will want to hire a contractor!

November’s Picture Yourself In … were charming country inns from the Northeast and one in Florida.

Oh, and the agent’s contact info is thoughtfully included in case you want to inquire and maybe purchase one of these gorgeous properties!

Small Town Saturday

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The Small Town Saturday column is like having your own personal travel curator. This column provides everything you need for a trip to these amazing small towns, except the reservations (which you can make yourself). There are so many incredible small towns to visit.

My favorite feature of this column is that they have done all of the research needed to plan your perfect trip. From where the locals hang out to local history and not to be missed landmarks. Woodstock, Vermont sounds absolutely darling. I mean, look at this photo of the Woodstock Inn & Resort decked out for Christmas. It’s time to make your reservations now!

Brake For …

I love to serve peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce at Christmas time and I am always looking for a new twist on an old favorite. I can’t wait to read about this Peppermint Cream Pie, yum.

Look at this amazingly gorgeous pie featured in Brake For …. This pie is inspired by Doscher’s Candy Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. The candy company was opened in 1871 by Claus Doscher who brought his tradition of handcrafting candy canes from Germany. This pie uses peppermint inside and out and is no-bake.

You are going to want to pick up this issue for this recipe alone! November’s Brake for … was Pecan Brownie Pie. You will want to check out this column too, go to the digital issue to read November’s issue also.

Limestone Farmhouse Like Living in a Snow Globe

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This article literally made me swoon. It’s like living in a snow globe! Can you imagine living anywhere as beautiful as this? It is beyond gorgeous! Sharing just a few of the photos from this article, it was so hard to choose which ones were my favorites. Just look at these incredible photos.

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Look at this sweet mudroom. And that green? Thank you Country Living magazine for the paint detail so that I don’t have to look it up. I literally love everything about this photo! This article has so many amazingly beautiful photos, so definitely pick up the issue and check this out.

Give. Unplugged Pastimes and Analog Luxuries

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I absolutely loved this gift guide, Give. It is a collection of super sweet, non-techy but very thoughtful gifts to give.

There are some really great gifts, so make sure you check this guide out before you finish your holiday shopping!

I hope that you dive into this magazine and love it as much as I do. The December issue is always a special one and this year’s issue is one of my favorites, ever. Truly magical.

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  1. I have subscribed to Better Homes and Gardens for over 25 years and sit down to enjoy each and every issue. The editors column at the beginning always is my favorite as it sets the tone for how we each love our homes and what we do to give them our special cozy mark. I occasionally pick up Country Living but did notice it looks even better now with its redo. We went to two of their fairs in NY and Ohio and had the most wonderful time!!!

  2. Country Home is a much better magazine even though it only comes out quarterly. More upscale.Too many crafts in Country Living. Check it out.

  3. Those of you commenting on the ads are unreasonable and unrealistic. This is her business. Why in the world would you deny her an income. Her content is creative, fun and free, but this is her job too.

  4. When is your Christmas party this year? I enjoy all your emails everyday and look forward to the blog.
    I took a painting class from you in the carriage house many years ago and I am still painting with a knife!

  5. Leslie, your blog never disappoints and that goes for this one, as well! I love the magazine too! The vintage ornaments with the stoneware is such an inexpensive yet beautiful idea. Thanks for sharing all the pretty ideas of this magazine, today!!

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