the holidays are the time for Yuletide gatherings, libations , and good cheer. It's the time to break out the eggnog, make holiday hot buttered rum and Wassail, and shop for gifts for loved ones.
This year, most people are busy working, trying to dig themselves out from under the recession.
And while doing so, you might think - should I host my annual Christmas tree-trimming party? Or should I call it off? My vote goes to: Hosting the gathering.
Make the best of things. There's an economical way to do almost everything, right?
Save money by cutting back on your list. Don't want to hurt anyone in your family? Invite a short-list of good friends instead.
If you've served hors d'oeuvres and a wonderful dinner at Christmas tree-trimming gatherings in the past, serve holiday festive drinks - like hot buttered rum and soft drinks - and a few appetizers this year. Remember, #1 - your gifts are: friends and family. And #2 - celebrate... but do it differently this year.
Do most of the work the day before and you might even be able to relax!
Christmas will look extremely traditional this year - taking on more of a Norman Rockwell painting-type vibe; when Christmas was for kids. And because people are "the gift", the typical American gross overabundance of presents that normally flank the tree won't be there.
Times have changed. The Christmas holiday emphasis is on people, goodwill, and fellowship.
What matters most are things like, enjoying dinner at a dinner table (filled with good food and all the trimmings) with people you love, not material things - like presents and gifts.
I've got the perfect traditional "old school" holiday hot buttered rum recipe for you to use. It's quick to make, and easy for you to have ready and keep on hand. Holiday hot buttered rum, a quality amount of your time, and good conversation is perfect to share with the "gifts" (people) who you will visit with this holiday season.
Carlo's Holiday Hot Buttered Rum
2 and 1/3 cups light brown sugar
16 tbsp. (two sticks) butter, softened
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cardamom
1 bottle dark rum (Bacardi Dark or Gosling's Black Seal)
Put everything except the rum and water in a food processor. Run until mixture is creamy. To serve, fill 12 mugs halfway with boiling water, then - in each mug, stir in two heaping tablespoons of mixture and follow with three ounces dark rum.
Get back to traditions. Decorate you Christmas tree, serve holiday hot buttered rum, and let this be your best holiday season ever. Enjoy your relationships. Enjoy the holiday season. Celebrate safely - and have fun!
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