Though we say it every year, it really feels like the holidays snuck up on us! It’s like, one moment you’re clinking champagne glasses for the New Year, then you’re basking poolside, and then voilà! You’re finalizing that Thanksgiving menu yet again. While it’s always a bit startling, we’re grateful to be here – entering another joyful holiday season with our online community.

This issue was a true collaboration. Our small-but-mighty team banded together to create what might be our favorite, most robust edition yet. Now, there’s no avoiding the elephant in the room: in the weeks to follow, you’ve got a lot of gifts to buy. Luckily, our Market Editor has worked her heart out, pulling together one of the most uniquely beautiful gift guides you’ll find this season. And you don’t just have to take our word for it! Our friends in the industry are o ering their suggestions too.

But more than gifts, we’re ushering in the festivities with the spirit of family. For some, family is your colleagues – the people you work closely with day in and day out (Pg 72). For others, it’s a romantic relationship (Pg 62). Or, you may find the meaning of family in the storied history of a home (Pg 130). And for our cover story, it’s the Novogratz – a husband and wife duo who recently moved their 7 kids from New York City to LA (pg 86) and came out stronger than ever.

Whatever family means to you, we hope it brings you comfort through the holidays and beyond.

Sincerely,

TEAM RUE