Plan an Array of Things that Have your Family’s Favorites – At the beginning of the season (or before) take inventory of your family and find out what are their favorite treats during the holidays. Try to keep it to the ONE treat that means the most to that person. Then stick to those main things to make before you add anything new.
Add Something New – Adding one new treat, cookie, cake or pie a year is more than enough. Then everyone can evaluate it whether to put it in the next year or every other year or not have it again! This is how some family favorites started.
Enlist the Help of Friends and Family to Make the Goodies – Make cookies with your children or grandchildren, put your kids in charge of some snacks they can make, do a cookie swap with a friend (or 3!) or invite friends or family over to make a bunch of goodies together so everyone will have something to take home. Treat everyone to some REAL food too! It can become a fun tradition you’ll want to do every year.
Under Do It (Not Overdo It) – With holiday goodies, always go a little less. It’s better to leave everyone (including yourself) wanting a little more than for everyone to be so sick of all the ‘stuff’ that they don’t eat it. Those holiday goodies your mouth is watering for in October suddenly look super disgusting in January!
Always Next Year – So the new goody was a flop, or you didn’t fix something, and you wish you had or you over made one thing and not enough of something else—remember—there is always next year! No one’s holiday was really ruined because you didn’t make Grandma’s fudge! Just make a list of what you did make this year and write what you did (or didn’t) like and keep it for next year. Then when you are planning the next holiday season of goodies, you will know where to start!