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Recipe for The Best Christmas Parade Party Ever Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Holly Ivy
Added: Sunday, October 25, 2009

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Friends of the Hazards and friends of friends of the Hazards with children of parade watching age

Fran’s other groupies lucky enough to receive an invitation

An alternating Santa Claus: Bob or Johnny or Sid

Hot dogs (too numerous to count – accumulated through the year during grocery sales and frozen)

Baked Beans

Chips

Hot Chocolate

Handmade Christmas cookies

Directions:
Directions:
Must be the first in Columbus to decorate home for the holidays; on or before the first Monday of December

Personally grill every hot dog

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
As many as necessary
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
Requires months of advance planning
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
For ten years or so (in the late 80’s and 90’s), watching your mailbox in November for Fran’s coveted Christmas Parade Party invitation was a tradition. Especially when you were in the category of groupie.

The weather the first Monday of December was usually crisp, and parade watchers grabbed for sweaters, jackets, caps and mittens, probably for the first time of the year. Even if the outerwear wasn't really necessary for warmth, just bundling up put everyone in a more festive holiday mood.

The curb, lawn, front porch, back porch and interior of 1006 College Street would begin filling about 6pm. The front hall was filled with Fran’s magical collection of ornaments, and other festive decorations everywhere. The warmth and light of the fire in the library would pull the adults, and the kids would race through the rooms looking for their friends, until the house bulged and the group would begin to spill out doors.

The table, laden with a thousand hot dogs and Christmas cookies of every type would begin to diminish – but would never run out. Various groups of adults and children converging and catching up on holiday plans.

Then the shout, “Santa’s Here”, and the believers would line up. A dish of candy canes nearby.

Then the shout, “It’s Coming”, and the contents of the house would empty to the curb.

So it had begun, under Fran's guidance, the countdown for Christmas Day.

 

 

 

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