A magical time to share traditions or visit new ones

Nutcracker balletAlthough Christmas in Florida is different than the snow-covered Christmases many people know in the north, holidays here aren’t without their traditions.
One holiday tradition for Brevard is the production of The Nutcracker ballet produced by the Space Coast Ballet Company, a perennial favorite that features several world-class dancers along with more than 100 dancers from local dance studios.

“It’s always humbling to witness that as the magic is happening on stage, hundreds of people are working in concert behind the scenes to ensure that all goes well,’’ Kathleen Weidmore, a community member who has been part of the performances for 18 years, tells our writer Maria Sonnenberg in our cover story beginning on Page 16. “It is a soul-satisfying experience.’’

We hope you enjoy the other offerings in this holiday-themed issue of Space Coast Living. This includes writer Kerry Firth’s story on the town called Christmas, located halfway between Titusville and Orlando. What other town by any other name would have a Christmas tree on display year-round and give names to streets like St. Nicholas, Cupid, Rudolph, Donner and Blitzen?

If you’re looking for gift ideas for the holidays, we hope you’ll check out our Holiday Gift Guide beginning on Page 31. And for things to eat or make for the holiday, check out our story on a Melbourne baker that focuses on dessert and dinner pie on Page 56 or Danielle Rose’s recipe for making stone crabs on Page 60.

Whatever you do this holiday season, we hope that it is filled with the blessings of family and friends. Looking back on 2021, we are grateful for the opportunity of bringing this magazine into your home to highlight the best that Brevard has to offer. Thank you especially to our advertisers who make it all possible. All the best to you in 2022.

Gregory Enns
Gregory Enns
Publisher at Space Coast Living Magazine

Publisher Gregory Enns is a fifth-generation Floridian whose family arrived in Titusville in 1891. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he started Indian River Magazine on the Treasure Coast in 2006. Indian River Media Group, the company he heads, now publishes seven magazines, including Space Coast Living, which was purchased in March. He is vice president of the Florida Magazine Association.