Christmas is one of the most celebrated occasions of the year. Like most people, there are a lifetime of memories to fill my thoughts every holiday season. It is comforting to have the enduring reminisces, which perhaps remind us of happier times.
My most vivid past recollections are of the Christmas seasons spent with certain family members in Heber City, Utah. About a thirty-minute drive from Park City, Heber is located in the Wasatch Mountains and is where my family used to own a large home on Main Street. For many years it was the center point for O'Toole get-together's. The "old house" as it was called, was a turn-of-the-century structure that remained in the family for many years after Grandmother O'Toole died. Unfortunately, it was sold about a decade ago.
Christmas is my second favorite holiday, after Halloween. The gathering of friends and family and collective feasting seems to go hand-in-hand during the holidays. For some, cooking is a dreaded drudge and merely to be endured, while others see the festive season as an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen.
Giving gifts that are the result of your own culinary endeavors are gifts from the heart. They are perhaps more meaningful than items purchased at a department store and then hastily wrapped. Taking the time and effort to be inventive in the kitchen and then offering the fruits of your labor to family and friends gets at the true meaning of the season.
Merry Christmas from my house to yours,