December Spotlight

Alabama Living Magazine

Governor’s mansion gets dressed up for the holidays

The stately Alabama governor’s mansion, 1142 S. Perry St. in Montgomery, will be open to the public for Holiday Candlelight Tours this year. The mansion will be open for the holiday tours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.

The Neoclassical structure, designed in 1907, features a large two-story portico and 17 primary rooms, with a grand double staircase leading up from the entrance hall to the second level. It has served as the official residence of the governor and first family of Alabama since 1951. 

The self-guided tours are free but require a ticket to enter. Tickets are available at the Governor’s Mansion Gift Shop; for more information, call 334-834-3022, or send an email to

Making healthy choices during the holidays

Staying healthy during the holiday season doesn’t mean giving up all your favorite foods, but we can all look for some areas where a healthy choice works for us and our families. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University has some tips: 

Appetizers: Use whole-grain crackers with hummus as a snack or add unsalted nuts and black beans to a green leaf salad. 

Entrees: Be sure to trim the fat when cooking any meats. Also watch the amount of gravy and sauces. Turkey or a fresh ham are lean protein choices, but consider something out of the ordinary, like fish. 

Beverages: Try drinking water with lemon or lime or add a splash of 100 percent fruit juice to water to add a hint of sweetness. Unsweet tea with lemons and mint is a good choice.

For healthy recipes and more ideas, visit

Whereville, AL

Identify and place this Alabama landmark and you could win $25! Winner is chosen at random from all correct entries. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified. Send your answer by Dec. 8 with your name, address and the name of your rural electric cooperative. The winner and answer will be announced in the January issue.

Submit by email:, or by mail: Whereville, P.O. Box 244014, Montgomery, AL 36124.

Do you like finding interesting or unusual landmarks? Contribute a photo you took for an upcoming issue! Remember, all readers whose photos are chosen also win $25!

November’s answer: The Bird Dog Field Trial monument in Union Springs honors Bullock County’s status as a premier destination for sports hunting. The statue of an English Pointer was raised in 1996 to pay tribute to the members of the Bird Dog Field Trial Hall of Fame, whose names are engraved at its base. (Information from Encyclopedia of Alabama) (Photo by Allison Law of Alabama Living)

Due to the late delivery of some November magazines, we extended the deadline for guesses an extra two days. The randomly drawn correct guess winner is Carol Sposato of Dixie EC.


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