“It came with some cookies; it came with some bread. It came with two daughters and board games, we said. Maybe a pandemic Christmas doesn’t have to feel bad, maybe it is just one more Christmas we had.” Cansanity 2020

Pulla Bread
Pulla Bread

“It came with some cookies; it came with some bread. It came with two daughters and board games, we said. Maybe a pandemic Christmas doesn’t have to feel bad, maybe it is just one more Christmas we had. ” Cansanity 2020.

Like most people, we had no idea how our Christmas and holiday season was going to play out. The COVID-19 pandemic most likely meant that as we got closer to Christmas the restrictions, on places we could gather, were going to tighten. I decided early on to lower my expectations for Christmas 2020 and just carry on with the activities that I could safely do.

So, getting ready for the holidays this year was unlike no other. We put up our lights and the Christmas tree, but as the holidays approached, we decided that shopping and gathering with our friends was not something that was necessary this season. Instead, we would have a modified early Christmas, on December 21st, so that we could see our daughters, perhaps before a lockdown in our area.

I busied myself the entire month of December working hard on Cansanity. I concentrated on sharing some of my very best cooking and baking holiday traditions, like making  pierogi,

Pierogi (Perogy)(Pedaha) Dough And Potato Cheddar Cheese Filling

tourtiere,

Tourtiere

Christmas cooking and baking including cookies,

Christmas Cookies

Butterscotch Peanut (Soynut) Butter Squares Peanut Butter Squares

Moose Turds Moose Turds

Santa's Whiskers Santa's Whiskers

Gingerbread CookiesGingerbread Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookies Easy Sugar Cookies

Mama's Easy Shortbread Mama's Easy Shortbread

Candy Cane Biscotti Candy Cane Biscotti

Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread BarsChocolate Peppermint ..

The Ultimate Ginger CookieThe Ultimate Ginger Cookie

Christmas BiscottiChristmas Biscotti

Stained Glass AngelsStained Glass Angels

Mascarpone Sandwich Cookies Mascarpone Sandwich Cookies

and pulla (Finnish coffee bread.)

pulla (Finnish coffee bread)

All activities that I normally do at Christmas time, but usually with the help of my two daughters and my niece.

But I wasn’t sad, because as I meticulously worked through all the steps and the nuances of each recipe, I felt like I was reaching out and connecting with all of you. It was fun to create the videos, and because of them, I never felt alone while cooking and baking this season. Thank you!

I gave most of the cookies and baking away – something I usually do – but this year somehow it felt more meaningful.

My daughters, both university students and both continuing their studies at their homes online, were eager to see us, and so prior to coming home, both took extra precautions to minimize contact with people. I cooked the turkey prior to them coming home, so that the two days that they were with us could be spent together without having to worry about cooking or kitchen cleanup.  This worked out perfectly! In fact, it was so nice not to have to cook when they were here that I am considering making this a new tradition!

It is the 23rd of December and my daughters will go home tomorrow, and my husband and I are going to spend the next two days relaxing, eating leftovers and being thankful that we had one more holiday season. My heart goes out to all of you that have suffered with COVID-19, especially to those who have lost loved ones.

Here is hoping that vaccinations roll out fast, and that life returns to normal in 2021. In the meantime, stay healthy, safe and strong.  I hope that you all found something precious and good out of 2020 and the holiday season. Merry Christmas!

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