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December 2023

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Christmas?" His response is always, "Nothing," at least, not in a material sense. What he really wants is time with "kids," from four-year-old grandkids to 40-plus grown children. But this year, we are going to turn to our Ranch & Coast Charitable Giving Guide to pick our presents. We hope you will too. We at Ranch & Coast, with Publisher Bob Stefanko and Editor-in-Chief Mia Park at the helm, wish you all happy holidays and a fun, festive, and meaningful month ahead. ank you for your support in 2023. We will see you next year! Letter from the Editor The Arnold sisters take in the magic and wonder of Lightscape at San Diego Botanic Garden. On view through January 1, this one-mile immersive walking trail illuminates evenings with 18 artistic light installations. Photography by Vincent Knakal on the cover Andrea Naversen, Editor-at-Large Instagram: @ranchandcoast T he New Year is still a month away, but I have made resolutions — not yet for 2024, but for the remainder of 2023. It has been a turbulent year in terms of national and international politics, natural disasters, conflicts around the world, and so many challenges here at home. However, the holidays always bring us hope for a brighter future. My resolution is to really savor this festive season, with community and philanthropic involvement, parties, lunches with friends, and family gatherings. I also resolve to slow down even amid the hubbub, to take joy in simple but important things — reconnecting with friends from far and near, lazy beach walks, quiet time, and watching heartwarming holiday classics on television. Our final issue of 2023 is filled with festivities! Travel Editor Elizabeth Hansen shares her favorite places to take out-of-town guests including ice skating at the Hotel Del, December Nights in Balboa Park, Dr. Seuss's How e Grinch Stole Christmas! at e Old Globe, and the La Jolla Christmas Parade, among others. So, who needs snow? Check out "Culture Calendar" and "New, Now, Next" for even more holiday happenings. Also in this issue, I curate "Bling Guide" and "Haute Holidays" spreads with Art Director Chloe Pedersen, four pages of fabulous fashion and coveted gifts from luxury retailers — Santa Baby, hope you are reading! Our annual Charitable Giving Guide is filled with profiles of more than 50 nonprofit organizations which are changing lives — and deserve our help. In "Always a Time of Need," Managing Editor Deanna Murphy gives us a closer look at five local charities, from Cancer Revengers to Pets Without Walls. On a personal note, every year our (grown) children ask: "What does Cappy (my husband's nickname) want for ranchandcoast.com 32 DECEMBER 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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