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NOV-DEC 2018

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38 | N O V E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 FRESH STYLE I entertain For almost two decades, one Mississippi family has thrown open their doors to welcome the winter solstice and a houseful of friends By KIRK REED FORRESTER Photography by LAUREY W. GLENN VEN THE MOST hallowed traditions have to start somewhere. For my aunt, Camille Sloan, and her husband, Crofton, it was around a bonfire in a soybean field down the hill from their wooded home in Tupelo, Mississippi. The year was 1999; the date was December 21—the winter solstice—the longest night of the year. Camille remembers coming home late that night from our family's retail store where she works: "When I got home Crofton said, 'Let's go down to the bottom, I've got something to show you,' " she recalls. "I thought, I'm tired, but OK. When we got there, he had a bottle of red wine and had built a bonfire. He said, ''It's the winter solstice. We need to celebrate.' " They had a wonderful time down there that night staring up at the stars, the fire and the wine driving back the winter chill. And they thought E CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: A little guest wishing on a (sugar cookie) star. The Sloans' front door decked in cedar and magnolia. In the foyer, holiday greenery, family silver, an heirloom crèche, and twinkle lights strike a warm, holiday mood. Light in the Darkness

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