We are so excited for the holiday season — truly the most wonderful time of the year.

The season is a time to give to others and embrace the time we spend with our loved ones. We appreciate that you are sharing some of your valued time with us by reading this issue.

November is the perfect time to appreciate what is important to us. We appreciate you, our loyal readers.

We are so thankful that we can share with you the area’s most compelling and fascinating stories and we appreciate all of you who are connected to us.

I love the holidays.

I love the music. I love the decorations. I even love the cheesy television movies. But most of all I love the traditions.

Someone I know makes it a tradition to walk on the beach each Thanksgiving morning. Later on, she calls her family to wish them a happy Thanksgiving and then spends the day alone, reading and watching movies. It’s her perfect holiday — peaceful and quiet.

The cool autumn weather arrives this month, and we are pleased to showcase some of the coolest aspects of the Lowcountry.

We have an inspiring art scene in our area and are fortunate to be graced with some top talent. Learn about Hilton Head Big Band, a nonprofit that helps support music education for children.

There is so much to love about the Lowcountry, and it’s not much of a secret anymore: we are in a great place to live, work and play.

Each September we publish our annual City Guide, which offers our readers a chance to learn a little more about the places we love, including a snapshot by the numbers of growth and development.

We love putting together each issue of Monthly, but we especially enjoy August when we publish the results of our annual Cutest Pets contest.

This year we had more than 300 entries, including a variety of dogs and cats, guinea pigs and a couple of horses.

The summer is heating up across the Lowcountry, and we are enjoying the chance to get outside and partake in the many activities in our area.

We are accustomed to the sizzling temperatures, which can’t deter us from reveling in the fun events and enjoying the friendly companionship throughout our communities.

June is when we truly realize just how good we’ve got it in the Lowcountry — we get the chance to enjoy our wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and fun summer events.

This is a wonderful time to be outside and enjoy each other’s company.

Spring brings out the best of the Lowcountry, and we hope you are enjoying everything this gorgeous season has to offer.

We celebrate mothers by highlighting moms and the children they love. Barbara Hudson and her daughter, Tonya, continue to uphold the Hudson seafood legacy. Read about how the business continues to stay in the family after decades on the island.

It is time once again for the Lowcountry to get its plaid on. We are excited for the return of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament, which has been played annually at Harbour Town Golf Links since 1969.

We can’t wait to see the sport’s best vie for the prestigious crown — and we look forward to seeing the community reveling in one of the state’s premier events.