Santa doesn't work alone. We see lots of his helpers here every year excitedly picking out gifts and enthusiastically wrapping them up, trying to make sure every gift is just right for its recipient.
Whew. That's a lot of work.
Santa, we realized, usually gets a bonus for his efforts-- a plate of cookies and a glass of milk at nearly every stop. Not so Santa's helpers. They don't even get to ride in the sleigh.
So a few years back we decided to reward them ourselves, with Christmas cookies and hot apple cider.
Soon we discovered that many of Santa's hardworking helpers appreciate the treat and so our December cookies and cider Saturdays have become a PlainClothes tradition.
Now folks are even asking for our cider recipe. So here it is, Steve's own (to give credit where credit is due) Christmas cider concoction.
If you're in our neighborhood this holiday season, stop by and try it.
Christmas Cider Concoction
1/2 gallon unfiltered apple cider
2 teaspoons brown sugar
peel of 1 orange
6 cinnamon sticks
Put all ingredients in a pot of appropriate size and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and serve.