It’s beginning to look a lot like December around here! Inside our latest issue, you’ll find six sweet holiday recipes to savor and share and an historic home that’s had its halls decked out with boughs of holly. Next, Gabe Barker of Pizzeria Mercato dishes on his upcoming Carrboro eatery, West Coast cooking and growing up in the Magnolia Grill kitchen. Peruse our holiday gift guide, a full calendar of events, an updated dining guide and local weddings and engagement. Don’t miss the touching read on local heroes who heal from a doctor and friend to kids with cancer to a musician turning personal tragedy into aid for others. Their stories will remind you what this time of the year is really about: helping others and being thankful for everything in your life.