Where does the time go? As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of West Knoxville Lifestyle for 2019! It seems like just yesterday it was January and we were talking about resolutions and renewal and yet, here we are, almost time to do it again.

There’s a unique perspective that working in publishing brings. While we certainly don’t want to wish our lives away, we’re always looking toward the future. Whether it’s planning our next issue or developing story ideas, we have often already fast-forwarded to future months before the current month has even begun. The fast-paced lifestyle this industry calls for can often make it difficult to really settle down and absorb what’s going on around us and, before we know it, the year is over and it’s time to move forward again.

So, this December, we hope you take the time to slow down a little bit to enjoy this issue and all it brings, including:

The WKL Gift Guide: See our selections of unique gifts (locally made or from locally owned shops) from Rala, Back Porch Mercantile and Dandy Lions.

Winter Warm-Up at RT Lodge: Learn a bit of history about the place and see how you can slow down and savor a wintry evening in Maryville.

Meet Daysy: She’s a new transplant to Knoxville with a story to tell and a job to do.

-Knoxville’s Christmas Past: Paul James from the Knoxville History Project gives us a peek into how the city celebrated (and didn’t celebrate) Christmas in its early years.

Local’s Choice: Meet That Knoxville Girl and learn about her favorite holiday spots and traditions.

With the holiday season upon us, we hope you make the time to take it all in. Enjoy your time with family and friends, bask in the magic of the winter season, reflect on past memories you hold close and keep the new ones you create in the present for as long as you can. 

We want to thank all our marketing partners and readers for their support, and we can’t wait to see you next year!

Happy holidays!