The Grinch, aka Covid-19, put a damper on this year’s holiday season. We celebrated Thanksgiving with a few friends that were Covid tested. After Thanksgiving we quarantined for two weeks before traveling to Deer Valley for the winter. We were fortunate enough to celebrate the holidays during Covid-19 with part of our family. We are excited to share our holiday celebration with you.
Tips to Celebrate the Holidays during Covid-19 Safely
The holidays are different this year, but with some tips you can still celebrate the holidays during Covid-19 safely. You can quarantine for two weeks, take a Covid-19 or get vaccinated if you have the option. Limit the guest list to your household or people in your pod. We celebrated with a small family dinner at home. We recommend checking the CDC’s website and local guidelines for the most accurate Covid information.
How to Style a Holiday Tablescape?
We decorated our table with a white faux fur table runner. Our gorgeous Christmas centerpiece featured Flora Springs wines with festive reindeer wine toppers. The centerpiece also included two metallic Christmas trees, a pine garland and pine cones, berries, sugared pears and sugared apples.
Each place setting included a white plate, ivory napkins tucked inside Nutcracker napkin rings.
What Holiday Wines to Serve?
We started with the 2017 Dashaway Chardonnay. This adorable wine label features reindeer flying over Flora Springs’ Napa Valley vineyards on Christmas Eve. This full-bodied white wine is rich and creamy with notes of juicy nectarine and apple. This Chardonnay is a great “winter white.”
Next, we sampled the 2017 Holiday Red Blend. The Joyful Skater is a beautiful etched and hand-painted bottle that depicts Flora on skates. This red wine blend combines Bordeaux varietals from the estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. The wine has flavors of blackberries, purple plums and ripe blueberries. The full-bodied wine has elegant tannins that provide balance and length. We recommend decanting this wine.
What to Serve for Christmas Dinner?
Growing up in an Indian household, we ate Indian food for the holidays. After college we wish we could eat more homemade Indian food more often. To our surprise, our brother-in-law Brian made Chicken Biriyani for Christmas dinner. It was delicious, and we can’t wait for him to make it again. We have never made this dish ourselves. Chicken Biriyani is one of our mom’s favorites and she cooks it often.
For dessert, we served pecan pie with whipped cream. We usually make pies from scratch, but we decided to keep it simple. Plus, it’s hard to make a pie without a Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer.
Safely Celebrate the Holidays During Covid-19
Christmas is over, but there’s at least one fun holiday or theme party to celebrate every month. You can still celebrate these events, but make sure to do it safely! Don’t forget to take an selfie.
Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.Mary Ellen Chase