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Celebrate 2020: Your guide to the holidays

Lex & Cleo holiday window decorations on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
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Lex & Cleo holiday window decorations on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

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

Traditions

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

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Local finds at the Vischer Ferry General Store.

Gifts

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

PETER R. BARBER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Tom Krause, left, owner of Krause’s Homemade Candy on Central Avenue in Colonie, and an employee pour a fresh batch of marzipan onto a cookie sheet in November.

Food

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

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Emilia DiCarlo, 4, of Breeman Street in Colonie, gets a hug from Santa Claus on Dec. 19, 1982. Santa and his frosty friends visited Colonie Village to prep people for the holidays.

Memories

Magic moments: Readers share their favorite holiday memories

Coal for Christmas? It can happen

Christmas meant additions to miniature world

Categories: Celebrate, Life and Arts, News

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