Christmas is just around the corner.  I love this time of year.  There are so many traditions around the holidays and while I am not strictly bound, or tied down, to traditions, I love the comfort that they bring.  Each and every family has their own traditions, some dating back for generations and some recently created.  To me they are both meaningful.

One of my favorite, new traditions is our yearly “St. Nicholas Reindeer Brunch” at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. We get all dressed up (which we don’t do often enough) and take the 45 minute drive to enjoy a brunch buffet surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmas. For my daughter, the highlight of the brunch is seeing St. Nicholas and getting to pet real, live reindeer (before and after the meal, not during). We don’t tell her where we are going, or what we are doing, but somewhere, during the drive she figures it out and gets all excited. And I love to watch her eyes light up each time she sees St. Nicholas. For me, it is one of the highlights of the season, and I cherish each and every year of it as I know that one day, soon, my daughter will stop believing and her eyes won’t shine quite as bright for St. Nick, nor will she wait, in eager anticipation, for her turn to pet the reindeer but until that day, I will continue to experience the joy of the season through my daughters eyes.

The Christmas Kiss
1 drink

2 oz. Amaretto
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
Cranberry juice

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the Amaretto and schnapps then fill with Cranberry juice. Garnish with a lime wheel