The year 2020 has ushered in a new normal, and the holidays are no exception.
Whether people are forgoing annual trips to see extended family or taking precautions that add a layer of social awkwardness to getting together, this is a strange holiday season for many.
In this year’s special Celebrate section, we look at holiday traditions both new and old, and offer some local gift and recipe ideas.
We finish the section with a nod to holiday seasons past, including memories and photos from people around the greater Capital Region.
Now more than ever, take care of your mental health
Let there be holiday lights: Drive-thru options in Capital Region help brighten this difficult season
Solstice celebrations in Capital Region honor brighter times ahead
Foss: Believing in the magic of Christmas, now more than ever
Festive museum exhibits continuing throughout the Capital Region
On with the shows: There are still holiday performances to see and hear, outdoors or online
The roads less traveled: COVID leaves huge hole in Capital Region holiday racing schedule
From unique to quirky, shopping local in Capital Region has its perks
Capital Region artists continue to create new music
Saratoga ‘Packages’ put local products on your porch
Classic game gets local flavor with Saratoga Monopoly
Getting crafty: Capital Region artisans offer unique creations
Rotterdam artisan weaves treasures from Georgia pine needles
Staffers at Capital Region bookstore offer their literary picks for the holiday season
Capital Region restaurants prepare diverse range of menus for Christmas dinners to go
Cocktails, mocktails help kick up your scaled-down holiday season
Rainbow cookies conjure memories of ‘family, love and joy’
One meal, two cultures: Family honors Italian and Slovak roots every Christmas Eve
For many, Christmas Eve still means fish
Season stirs warm memories of soup, sweets
Vegetarian, vegan dishes maintain ‘nostalgic feeling’ of holidays
Kwanzaa celebrations going virtual, but recipes keep with tradition
Mad about marzipan
Magic moments: Readers share their favorite holiday memories
Coal for Christmas? It can happen
Christmas meant additions to miniature world
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