December 2008 issue


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Visions of sugarplums dance … on the cover of Virginia Living’s December 2008 issue! Well, actually, they’re sitting down. But they’re still visions, especially under the swag created specially for our feature on holiday decorating with topiaries. Also inside: a gourmet dinner built around the wonder that is grower champagne; a home that blends the comfort of country living with sophisticated design; Hampton, a well-kept urban secret; duck hunting decoys and a fiasco; and Christmas memories from Virginia notables.

Pork Tenderloin

Patricia Lyons

Pork, pears, potatoes. An alliterative main course. Read more


Frozen Eggnog

Patricia Lyons

With a cherry on top. Read more


topiary girls feature

Patricia Lyons

Topiaries add live ornamentation to your lively holiday decor. Read more

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Duck hunting illustration

Kenneth Callicutt

An exploding boat engine, a receding river, muck-filled waders, a car in the water—and no mallards: Ahhh, it’s another duck hunting trip. Illustrations by Kenneth Callicutt Read more


Compass Pointe is a rustic—and Romanesque—house on the water in Virginia Beach. Photography by Kip Dawkins • Styling by Bill Sorrell Read more

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