Editor's note: The Food Dude steps aside this week for a special columnist from the Far North who is an expert in gift-giving.
When I was asked by the Food Dude to give food-related gift-giving advice, my first question was how could someone who has spent so many years on the â€œnaughty listâ€ ask a favor of me? Then I wondered: Why exactly is he asking me? Is it for my gift-giving prowess, or is this his way of calling me fat?
Here up north, we give the benefit of the doubt. Plus, they say Christmas is a time for giving. Put those together, and you've got forgiving.
Consider us cool, dude.
Anyway, to do a good job, I hopped on a reindeer in training and spent the day visiting local food retailers. I found a lot of great options for food lovers. I'm a checklist kind of guy, so I've put one together that you'll find on Page 3D.
Also, while food makes a great gift, please don't forget about those among you Southerners for whom a hot meal is a gift every day. My friends at The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, City Rescue Mission, Jesus House, Britvil Community Food Pantry, and Food and Shelter in Norman are among a few of those who can help get food to those who need it most. A little goodwill doesn't cost a lot, and the result is something the elves and I can't build in our shop.
Finally, I already can smell the cookies. Look forward to a glass of milk or maybe a cup of hot chocolate. But don't go to too much trouble. Even more than a good cookie (preferably chocolate chip), I like to know that you believe not only in me but in each other. Magic isn't just for jolly old elves like me; there's at least a speck of it in each of you.
The Food Dude steps aside this week for a special columnist from the Far North who is an expert in gift-giving.