Hey, guess what I've been doing? I've been busy making Christmas lists. How about you? I've made a list for gifts and a list for Christmas goodies. Both of my sons and their families will be here over the Christmas holidays and I want to be ready to share our old-fashioned Christmas with their families. It's been awhile since we've all been able to gather at our home for a Christmas holiday.
When our sons were younger we seemed to always be moving and consequently, we didn't have a lot of family around so I made a habit of having "parties". We'd have a party for just about anything. One for after the Christmas Play, one for after church, one for friends, after the parade, after choir, after band practice, you name it. It was my way of keeping things joyful during a time when it's so easy to get downhearted and lonely. My boys knew the true meaning of Christmas - that was most important - and there was no lack of joy under our roof either. I saw to that! So since they will both be here once again, with their families, we're having a party, maybe two!!! The kids grew up drinking sherbert punch. I'm sure everyone has had sherbert punch. It's just a quart of sherbert in a big punch bowl with ginger ale poured over it. It's pretty and it's yummy. We always made sure they got a little spoonful of sherbert in their punch glass. When they were little they used to think that was just so special! I've moved on to much fancier punches but we gotta have sherbert punch when they're here. So many awesome memories. Now that I think back we didn't always have a lot or have the best but you'd never have known. We were so happy!! This Christmas we get to share memories. I don't know how much I can squeeze in but I'll do my best to make this Christmas really count!!!
I pulled out my sorbet maker and went right to work. It would be just awesome to have 3 or 4 different kinds of sherberts and/or sorbets in the freezer for guests. I love to take long-stemmed delicate glasses, fill them with sorbet or sherbert after I've sugared the rim of the glasses and then set them in the freezer for a little while so they can frost up. You can decorate the top with lemon, orange or chocolate curls, cinnamon sticks, herbs and flowers. It makes an absolutely elegant dessert and is not that terribly hard to eat on a full stomach. If you get stuck you can always put some in a small bowl and decorate with a sugar cookie on the side. This kind of dessert works anytime, any season.