The winter sky at dusk is unbeatable in these parts. Old oaks and hickories are silhouetted against its wash of indigo blue, and houses hung with wreaths shine like lanterns at the ends of long, sandy drives. One in particular is an area favorite: the home of Dave and Susan Shuler.
Two weeks before Christmas, and not a day before, the couple readies their place for the holidays with greenery clipped from their garden. “We don’t use anything artificial. For us, fresh greenery reinforces what Christmas is all about―a celebration of life,” says Susan. From windows sporting wreaths on the outside (we counted 17 of them) to mantels billowing with juniper and pine on the inside, no spot is left undone.