I am looking at the calendar, and I'm realizing that our annual Christmas Open House is a mere 2 weeks away.
The knowledge of this impending... festival of joy... has been growing on me for about a week, and so I've been polling my friends and family.
What, I have been asking them, is the thing that our Open House would not be same without.
What is your favourite thing- food and drink wise.
The answers, so far, have been widely varied.
I think, over the past 8 years, that we have come up with a few traditional "staples" that go without saying.
The mulled apple-cranberry cider will be there.
The hot cheesy- salsa dip and tortilla chips will be there.
But- since I haven't started baking yet... since I'm still formulating lists in my head... what do you look forward to, dear readers? What would you miss- miss- miss if it was missing from the buffet table?
If there are any dainties or treats that you look forward to all through your Christmas shopping- if Friesen Open House is a carrot you dangle before yourself for added motivation to be done your own Festive preparations... what is it that gives you joy here?
If, by the way, any and all of you are in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on Friday, December 15, either in the afternoon (any time after 2:00) or in the evening... you must come by for a drop of cider or a cup of tea. (or coffee or cold punch, as the case may be!) You are all welcome. If you're coming from a far and distant country... or Meadow Lake... or Saskatoon... we can even help you find a place to sleep so you can party hearty all evening and go home the next day! No excuses. Our street address is in the book!
So- as I'm starting my Christmas baking... what do you think? I'll consider all suggestions.
(although I'm not promising that some of the baking won't be "diabetic" and good for you!)
Put your thinking caps on and tell me your Champaign wishes and caviar dreams!