Angels are wonderful and exciting, and they have the appeal of beings who will take care of us and manifest God's personal concern.
- Andrew M. Greeley, Catholic priest and author
This week finds me humming carols, continuing along in the Christmas spirit, looking for the best stories to feature in our holiday issue of Angels on Earth magazine, as well as in Guideposts’ third annual full-size holiday publication, The Joys of Christmas 2011.
This year we’ll celebrate the joys of children, traditions, miracles and cooking—but of course there’s lots more celebrating going on and I don’t want to give too much away, especially while the story lineup is still in the works.
We’re always in search of the Christmas story to end all Christmas stories, or the angel story to end all angel stories, and we strive to squeeze into our pages as many wonderful stories of all kinds as is possible. Don’t think it’s too late to send yours in. It’s not!
But we’re now also thinking about how we’ll present the publications visually. Who will we photograph? What photographer will we send to which families? Which parts of the country will we show, with their glorious winter wonderlands? And—my favorite of all—how will we illustrate stories to bring out their Christmas magic visually? We hire award-winning artists from all over the world to create the sense of wonder every child feels on Christmas morning.
In fact, last night I had a hard time getting to sleep; it was a little like the excitement I still feel on Christmas Eve.
Colleen Hughes is the editor-in-chief of Angels on Earth. She's been at Guideposts for 20 plus years, and lives in a Hudson River town with her two daughters and two cats.