From the editor: December 2017

I haven’t been a lot of places, but I have been to the “A Christmas Story” house in Cleveland, Ohio.


I haven’t been a lot of places, but I have been to the “A Christmas Story” house in Cleveland, Ohio.


Nestled in an unassuming neighborhood just outside downtown, the home was the set for the 1983 film that my husband claims as his favorite Christmas movie. The home had just opened as a museum when we were visiting family in Cleveland. It was a must-stop on that trip.

I didn’t see the movie until I was married, but it has now become somewhat of a tradition to watch it sometime during the festive season — along with several others we’ve all seen a hundred times.

“A Christmas Story” is widely loved for its nostalgia and comedic takes on childhood involving a pink bunny suit, a leg lamp, bandits and, of course, eating Chinese food for Christmas dinner after the neighborhood pack of dogs devours the turkey.

Movie scenes like those are memory makers, and we all have our favorites. So for this month’s food feature, we revisited classic holiday films for some inspiration. These recipes will definitely get you in the spirit of the season. Stream your favorite flick and gather ‘round the couch for some viewing, and dining, pleasure.

Also in this issue, we revisit the former Cornerstone Community Center, where loyal Tulsans continue the legacy of helping a struggling community while teaming up with a nonprofit that needed room to grow. That collaboration kept a multi-million-dollar facility from falling into ruins, and it’s a story that is just beginning. Check out our update from City Editor Morgan Phillips.

With the holidays in full swing, don’t miss our annual Holiday Guide. We provide tips on where to hear seasonal music, where to cut down your own Christmas tree and some local gift ideas.

As we come to a close on 2017, I look back at the year with mixed emotions. Although I can’t believe it’s already time to plan Christmas dinner, I’m glad to see 2018 near. I think most people would agree some years are better than others, and my hope is that the New Year brings peace, happiness and joy to myself and those around me.

As I start my mental list of resolutions, I reflect on the things for which I’m grateful: a loving family, good health, an adventurous spirit and finding joy in the daily grind.

Season’s greetings and the happiest New Year to you.


Anne Brockman




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