With December already programmed into our waking and sleeping consciousness, it’s time to draw up a list of Christmas wishes for the naughty and the nice.
One doesn’t have to be a genius to say that food will be the gift of choice come Dec. 15 and thereabouts – it’s the thing to spend money and time on and send to friends and one’s extended family. With so many amateur cooks turning professional and bakers coming out of their aprons, with pickup and delivery services the most viable means of spreading the joys of the season, it’s a cinch that snacks, cakes and pastries, even fullblown meals will be the most appetizing gifts to give and to receive right at your doorstep. Fruitcakes will likely be more a memory than a craving, but who knows?
While many businesses were forced to shut down due to the months-long lockdown, the local distributor of a famous, imported brand of kitchen and baking appliances had her Christmas earlier, much earlier, than the rest of us. For just when she thought she would have to close her store in the mall, the strict ECQ protocols were relaxed and, to her shock, a long line of customers formed immediately outside the shop on the first days waiting for their turn to go in and buy, buy, buy. The phenomenon saved her business and strengthened her belief that cooking and baking are the most resilient, delicious ways to thrive during the pandemic.
Food for the eyes – a festive feast – awaits those longing for good cheer and cheerfulness to light up their days during the typhoon-laced “Pas-Q” season. Rustan’s is all sparkle and sparks with their roll-out of fabulous Christmas décor and gift suggestions – eat your heart out. Glittering, glistening ornaments spill over in cascades of crystal, color and light, you don’t know where to start looking and when to stop. Sales staff are so polite they don’t mind you gawking and not buying.
Who needs snow for a white Christmas? Whatever climates divide the hemispheres, there’s Coke to unite the world. Then there’s that Coke TV commercial to pull you back from the brink of the pandemic blues with a dose of sugar, fizz, and remembrance of a tender Christmas past called childhood.