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From the Editor: During the Holidays, the Cabin is All About Family

The holidays are the time to connect with those we love, and what better place than at the cabin?

By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 5, 2012
Mark Johnson
Mark R. Johnson, Cabin Life Editor
Like many issues of Cabin Life, the December 2012 issue is a celebration of family. Since the December issue is released at the beginning of the holiday season, that’s very fitting. Given my Swedish heritage, one of my favorite articles is “Rebuilding a Pioneer Cabin” on p. 34. It’s the story of a man from Maine and his wife who take it upon themselves to rebuild his Swedish immigrant great-grandfather’s 19th-century hand-hewn log cabin, which served as his homestead. Now that’s what I call keeping the cabin in the family!
    You will find one of the most poignant stories on p. 18. In “Christmas at the Cabin,” one of our readers shares her tale of how her family’s cabin provides a place of healing following the loss of a loved one.
    And then there’s “Remote Cabin is a Green Gem,” p. 46. You’ll find a 30-something couple who treasure getting away from it all with their young son. This place is truly remote. Veteran Cabin Life contributor Fran Sigurdsson writes, “There is no paved access to the cabin. The nearest road ends a mile away, then becomes a snowmobile trail.”
    Another longtime Cabin Life writer,  Christy Heitger-Ewing, shares a family tradition in her Lights Out essay on p. 66: “Santa’s Scavenger Hunt.”
    Speaking of Santa, don’t miss “Building Santa’s Sleigh,” p. 28. We learn how a retired Alabama man spreads Christmas joy with his over-the-top woodworking project. This is the most recent in a long line of over-the-top projects covered in Cabin Life over the years. It seems the cabin is a great place for going large.
    Just like it’s a great place for celebrating family. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and yours.
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