So rather than opt for the tradition of our people to indulge in Chinese food on Christmas day, we had a lovely invite to Christmas dinner at the home of some dear friends. Other than wine, in true Mamaleh fashion, I offered to bring challah. I thought it’d be fun to give it a truly Christmas twist and make it into a candy cane. I figured it would need to be a four strand for even coloring but wasn’t quite sure how to get stripes as opposed to just alternating colors. My husband suggested doing a mock-up with string so I grabbed some pipe cleaners – they lend themselves to shaping a bit better than string. It all comes down to the order you start the braids. I first tried alternating colors and that did not work at all. Then I discovered that if you arrange the colors 2 and 2 and then follow the 4-strand braiding technique by The Challah Blog, you will get just the right stripes.