Soon friends and family will be throwing holiday parties of one kind or another. Guests will ask, "What should I bring?" The host will usually reply with something like, "Nothing, just bring your smile." Some will bring a bottle of wine to a party, others will bring dessert.Homemade cookies or cake are both great ideas. There will often be one who brings fruitcake. Probably some do like it, but from what I've heard there are many more who don't. I know it's a tradition but who sits around and thinks, "I know, I'll bring fruitcake the crowd will love that!"

As the saying goes, don't knock it, until to try it. I've tried it and I'm knocking it. Maybe it's the candied fruit? So this Christmas, pass the chocolate chip cookies but hold the fruitcake. Happy gatherings, everyone.