So what I end up doing is having a little mix of both in my house. Christmas music playing while the kids color turkeys. Red Pointsettas sharing a flower pot with mums.
I made this appetizer for a party we had last weekend, and I love the way it transitions from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Cranberries, apples, cinnamon... those ingredients are fair game for a Thanksgiving appetizer, but will transition perfectly into Christmas as well. So put this one in your recipe file to use up over the coming weeks!
Baked Brie with Cranberries and Apples
Preheat oven to 350
1 round of Brie (about 4 inches in diameter)
1 medium apple
a handful of dried cranberries
2 tsp cinnamon (love the Pampered Chef Cinnamon, its the same one Cinnabon uses)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Wheat thins for serving
OH and... left out a really healthy ingredient. Just 2 tablespoons of butter. :)
Melt the butter in the microwave, then mix in the cinnamon and brown sugar
Steer it up
Chop your apples real small, and if you have a food chopper, you're really happy right now.
Add in the brown sugar/butter mix, the almonds, and the cranberries and give it a stir
Then slice the Brie in half lengthwise
Put the bottom half cut-side up... this was perfect on a round stone but you can use a cookie sheet too.
Scoop half the apple mix on top
Put his hat on
And scoop the rest on top! At this point, if you were traveling, you could wrap the Brie up in aluminum to transfer it to your party.
Bake for about 15 minutes or until gooey. I served it on the round stone and put wheat thins all around it.
Sadly, I have no "after" pictures, because my family stood next to this appetizer like vultures and devoured the entire thing!!