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What does Christmas look like to you? In my head, it’s carols, gingerbread houses, snowmen, and cider simmering on the stove. In reality? The holidays are magical and full of wonder . . . until they go terribly wrong. In this issue, we’re thrilled to bring you ten Christmases that don’t go according to plan—because real life is so much messier than a Hallmark card, and sometimes we find the true spirit of Christmas in the midst of a kitchen fiasco, a tattered tree, or the relatives who can’t mind their own business.
Art touches us. It speaks to the human spirit and inspires us to greater things. And what’s greater than love? In November’s Spark Magazine, you’ll find romance at the museum, ballet, and library. Sparks fly between a crystal maker and an apprentice. Opera reunites a musician with his lost love. And make sure you check out feature author Kristi Ann Hunter’s historical story about a clumsy woman and the painter she dreams of. Whether you’re looking for the beauty in color, joy in dance, or truth in music, you’re sure to find it in this Picture Perfect issue.
It’s that time of year again! Havok’s favorite season—Halloween! But this year we’re doing things a little differently. 2017 has been The Year of the Mashup. From Literary Mutations to Dinosaurs to Mythical Clashes, our theme this year has involved tearing themes up and mashing them together with other genres to form all-new masterpieces. This last issue of the year, our Holiday Cauldron, does not disappoint, as it spins together all kinds of characters, observances, and festivities, and puts them in a casserole of celebration that can be devoured all year.