Of course, at Aunt Pat’s (that’s my barbeque restaurant), we’re all about baked beans, coleslaw, and barbequed ribs. With some banana pudding thrown in, too, of course! But I try to change things up a little bit for the holidays—just for fun, you know. So I’ll put colored lights up all over the porch and put some special food items on the menu. I’ve got pecan clusters, Bourbon ball cookies, red velvet cakes, and some mini peach cobblers. And we even trade in sweet tea for eggnog. :) Folks just love our special menu and our regulars know that when they see these goodies on the menu that Christmas must be right around the corner.
Santa Claus even makes a special appearance at Aunt Pat’s. Every year Santa sets up on the front porch in a rocking chair (did y’all know he’s a huge barbeque fan? Well, he is!) and parents bring their children over to tell him what they want for Christmas.
Another thing I like to do at the restaurant is to play holiday music. We’ve even got Aunt Pat’s set up on a real, modern sound system. The only problem is that my son, Ben—you know, he’s the cook now—has decided that the restaurant’s music selection should be just as modern as its sound system. That’s right—he wants to play some of the pop Christmas hits. But for me, nothing beats the classics. Give me some Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, and Bing Crosby anytime!
But maybe I’m just a fuddy-duddy and should get with the 21st century. What do y’all favor? The old Christmas songs or the new releases by hit artists?
Delicious and Suspicious (July 6, 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig