run, run rudolph, santa’s gotta make it to town
santa’s in a hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
and away went rudolph reelin’ like a merry-go-round *
one of my favorite things about the holidays is that they encourage everyone to embrace camp. there are all sorts of things we would normally apologize for: corny winter villages displayed on tabletops, chunky plastic garlands, eggnog and that fake snow you spray on windows (my personal favorite). but come december we can’t help ourselves, there is a spring in the step that not even summer brings—even keith richards is guilty of it.
this, our winter issue, doesn’t have a lot of gaucherie going on, but the holidays are nonetheless in evidence. it starts with our annual gift finder drawn from long island’s best shops, our partners who appear on these pages monthly. this special section is a showcase of exciting gift ideas right at your fingertips. but before embarking on the shopping and celebrating, check in with our holiday handbook for tips on taking a great picture and making merry without making a mess. our fashion story, midnight, captures the magic of new year’s eve. it is set at coe hall, the opulent gold coast mansion nestled in planting fields state park. (you should see the way they outfit this historic home for holiday tours.) for taking action on the big night, our annual lineup of virtually anything you can do on long island and in new york city returns in hello 2015!
this double issue has plenty to keep you busy after the holidays too. we know january is the time when everyone looks ahead, hoping to improve something in their lives. dr. susan bartell looks at why so few people have success with new year resolutions and offers ways to avoid the pitfalls that often doom those promises. our resolution revolution is the perfect companion piece. instead of offering ways to execute those self-imposed oaths, we thought it would be more helpful to provide a roster of options to make you feel smarter and have more fun. in true pulse style, our position is not so much about subtracting from what you may be doing wrong, but instead it’s about drowning out some of the vices with new and improved virtues.
if last year is any indicator, winter is also going to bring an avalanche of snowstorms. peter bronski returns with ski canada, his roundup of the best slopes to suit your skills. staying fit, new inspirations for the home and a bevy of arts and culture are a part of this issue as well. pulse people will all be enjoying our annual sabbatical starting in december. we jam packed this issue so you won’t miss us too much in january. and, after we’ve taken our respective trips, celebrated the holidays and recharged, we’ll be back to present another year’s worth of long island’s best starting with our february issue.
*and then away went rudolph whizzing like a phantom jet
* “run rudolph run,” as performed by keith richards