It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed this time of the year. If you’re like me, you don’t even think about the Christmas until Thanksgiving has past. That leaves a few short weeks to put up the decorations, hunt down those treasured gifts, and tuck them all under the tree.
Each year I set aside a few hours to craft those one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for friends and family. Ah, but then there’s the annual ritual of making candy, including treats like peanut brittle, English toffee, peanut butter cups, chocolate pecan chews, white chocolate cranberry pistachio bark, and so on…phew! I don’t even recall how or why I started making candy, but it’s been a tradition for a very long time.
This year I must have made 30 lbs. of candy, not including the burned batch of cookies and cream fudge and mushy macaroons that were tossed out. Here are some of the treats:
Making candy is another creative outlet. However, it’s also a lot of work, typically taking two full days to make the candy and many hours to package it.
I sometimes question why I do this every year, especially during the holidays, until I start passing out the treats. For whatever reason, candy seems to make people smile…and that’s when I know it’s definitely worth the effort!