Regardless of the pandemic, Canadians looking forward to gather with family this holiday season

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Canadians want to know – who invited Omicron to the party? Or COVID for that matter. The reality is, just when we thought it was safe to break out the eggnog and holiday cheer, the pandemic continues to be the unwanted guest this season.

That said, Canadians are looking forward to big family get-togethers, including traditional meals, this holiday season, according to a recent Angus Reid survey conducted on behalf of Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium, which found that people are still looking to enjoy family get-togethers and visits.

The survey, conducted right when Omicron was beginning to hit the news, asked what Canadians were planning to look forward to the most, and 67% said family visits were uppermost with many excited to see their families again, followed by 59% saying food and big family-style meals were on the agenda, while 44% were looking forward to giving and receiving gifts. Also high up on people’s lists: Snow and winter activities. Meanwhile, only 21% were anticipating getting together with friends and attending parties.

“The nostalgic power of food and family are so strong they soothe the soul, especially during this time of year,” said Nicola Bertinelli, president of Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano, in a recent media release, adding with pride that, “while Christmas is part of life for many cultures around the world – nobody does this holiday with more gusto and brio than Italy.”

It should be noted the Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium is the protection body of this authentic Italian cheese that includes all Parmigiano Reggiano producers, who process the milk from the farmers of the Area of Origin. Parmigiano Reggiano is now considered a main staple in many Canadian homes.