Wishing You All a Very Merry Pandemic Holiday


Wishing You All a Very Merry Pandemic Holiday

December 22, 2020


The holiday season is definitely looking much different than any year prior. As we talk about the “hi’s and low’s” in our weekly classes, the weight of living through a pandemic feels quite heavy. I, like many others, go through periods of acceptance and frustration over the situation, however the spirit of the holiday season comes alive through our children.



Our family celebrates Christmas and the closer we get, the more I’m looking forward to watching my son on Christmas Day. 


There are many things we won’t be doing, but as a family there are many things we will be doing to celebrate the holidays in a new way! This is the time we can make our own rules and create new memorable times and traditions. 


We usually spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws, ordering pizza for dinner and going to church for the children’s service. This year, we will still order pizza (minus the in-laws) but the the story of Christmas will be enjoyed via Netflix. In previous years, we have enjoyed the movie “The Star” which is a fun version of the Nativity Story. 


Next up, what I affectionately refer to as the Christmas Chaos (3 sets of family, 3 meals, 1 day) will now be a lazy day of matching Santa pjs, couch cuddles and Christmas movies with a breakfast so big we can skip lunch!


The biggest change – Christmas Dinner! We are foregoing the huge dinner with all the fixings for the three of us and having my son’s favourite meal instead: “Daddy’s famous meat sauce and pasta”. Traditional? No, but delicious and mostly effortless, YES!


Time with all the sides of the families will still happen, but instead of flying back to Toronto to be in person we will enjoy each other’s company with the convenience of technology. Zoom is my best friend for my classes at the moment and same with for my family! I do love family Zoom calls, everyone talking over everyone else and the hilarity of commentary around technology “can everyone hear me”, “I don’t think this is working”, “I thought everyone was coming, I can only see you”.


Lastly, while my son will be happy playing with all his new toys, we do still have a few plans up our sleeves to do as a family!

  • Baking! Gingerbread cookies, an apple pie and apple spice muffins, yum!
  • Holiday Light tour! Thanks to the Winnipeg Christmas Map we can enjoy all the awesome homes in the city that went all out in decorating! And at 220K+ views, we know that many others will be doing the same!
  • We’ve just visited the Canad Inn Winter Wonderland at Red River Ex. Hearing that it has been crazy busy ,we packed dinner for the car and went at 5:30pm. We fortunately drove drove straight in and enjoy the beautiful light displays.
  • Thankfully the toboggan runs are open as are the skating rinks. We will take the next couple weeks and enjoy the beauty of a Manitoba winter. 
  • And for indoor activities, we were just gifted a puzzle which has become a new thing in our house! I think we will be buying a few more. And Uno is always a hit!


Let me know how you will be celebrating and what new traditions you will be creating.


Wishing you all a very Happy Holidays,

From the Martin’s

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