joy of the holiday season

i’m afraid of the morning, morning
and i dread the sunset
oh, time won’t you stay?
you’re all i’ve got left
i’m a man on my knees (man on my knees)
begging you please (begging you please)
if you just have to leave
oh, take with you my regrets*

whatever can be said about the holidays has pretty much already been said. that’s what tradition is all about—revisiting the known. but the joy of the holiday season is taking the time to think about the familiar and make it precious by finding new ways to say it. pulse offices are winding down for our annual sabbatical in which everyone will take the holiday season away from the office, encountering new experiences—a holiday tradition of sorts, one that is important to sculpting our entire year. but first, december.

natalie portman reigns true as long island’s favorite daughter. from her earliest appearance in léon: the professional when she was just 13 years old, to recent turns in black swan and jackie and more than ever, surrounding her newest work. in the early part of 2018, portman will teach us about factory farming in eating animals, the documentary she narrated and co-produced. and she will continue as the face of miss dior, a brand whose embrace of feminism and human rights lines up with hers. the actress, director, model and new mother graces our cover this month as an embodiment of bringing it home for the holidays but also in celebration of the ideals we cherish most: she’s smart, persevering, warm, beautiful and hardworking. and it comes through more than ever in       this interview.

in true holiday fashion, our annual gift guide returns, lauding a few of our favorite things. also under the umbrella of tradition and family is our look at the next generation leading wölffer estate. the brother-sister team of marc and joey has reinvented their father’s vision for a world-class winery. the duo has taken an east end standard and turned it into a world-class tasting room, retail experience and wine-opedia par excellence. for those interested in more sudsy beverages, bj gamboa’s cold snap is a look at a few recently-released artisanal brews—consider this happy handful of carb-filled mugs for keeping warm on winter nights.

to burn it off, our annual ski report returns. this year gabriella le breton, who has written extensively about travel in europe, in particular skiing, offers a look at capturing the alpine fervor on this side of the pond. if the snow is going to come, we might as well take it for all it’s worth. le breton’s skiing north america features the resorts offering the best experiences both on the slopes and off of them.

there is undoubtedly a lot to do this time of year, both surrounding the holidays and apropos of the sense that it’s a time for resolution. it can all be downright exhausting. we asked our therapy columnist, dr. susan bartell, to offer tips for surviving the end of year madness as well as ensuring a welcoming feeling to the start of 2018. you can always count on dr. bartell’s honesty, especially this month when she gives us license to embrace our inner grinch without apology and find new resolve, santa be damned.

time’s always leaving, heading out my door

saying goodbye, pacing my floor*

—nadA

* “time’s always leaving,” the lone bellow

nada marjanovich

nada marjanovich

Nada Marjanovich is Publisher and Editor of Long Island Pulse Magazine. Prior to founding the title in 2005, she worked extensively in the internet. She's been writing since childhood and has been published for both fiction and poetry.