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On the Cover: Oklahoma Today art director Steven Walker designed this issue’s cover to resemble a vintage Christmas card. His illustration depicts a popular scene from Hugo’s annual circus-themed Christmas parade, featured on page 55 of “Oklahoma for the Holidays.”
Oklahoma for the Holidays
We bring you tidings of great joy in our guide to Yuletide. Inside, you’ll find places to shop, gifts to buy, events that inspire holiday spirit, ways to give back, Christmas bling, and everything but a partridge in a pear tree. After flipping through these seventeen pages, you’ll be decking the halls, jingling the bells, stuffing the stockings, and sending goodwill to humankind in no time.
By Karlie Tipton, Nathan Gunter, and DeeAnna Dove
When Washington Irving ventured across the country in the early nineteenth century, he was stymied by “forests of casts iron” that stretched in a ragged band from Kansas to Texas and divided East from West. Nearly two hundred years later, the Cross Timbers is an essential—and endangered—part of Oklahoma’s landscape that includes some of its most beautiful destinations.
By Kelly Kurt
Serpentine twists, precise etchings, whimsical bends, bold plumes of color—the Oklahoma glass artists whose work shines in these photographs have learned to shape light in service of beauty.
Photography by John Jernigan
Under the Neosho
In this short story by an award-winning Oklahoma writer, a Tulsa reporter goes to Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees on assignment. His subject, a blind woodcarver, inspires him to find his next story under the surface of things.
By Eddie Chuculate
Take comfort in great food at The Mule in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District; fire, bison, and time are the keys to renewal at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve; kids go wild with interactive learning at the Oklahoma Wondertorium in Stillwater; and our map of downtown Oklahoma City will help you plan your next outing to a Thunder game.
Paul Gadd, Oklahoma City native and producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead, shares his secrets for surviving the zombie apocalypse; six little-known facts about Oklahoma’s floral emblem, mistletoe; creativity blooms at the Tulsa Girls Art School; and one nonprofit, Oklahoma Honor Flights, thanks veterans for their service with a trip to the nation’s capital.
Food & Drink
Honey pecan chicken. Apple pie with drunken cherries. Cranberry salad. When we asked readers to send in their favorite family recipes, they responded with a flood of Okie good taste we’re featuring in our Oklahoma Today Cookbook. From starters to the main course and dessert, these dishes will make your season flavorful.