I was talking to my Mom on the phone and she was in the middle of her annual Holiday baking (she usually starts this before Thanksgiving).  Smart cooks do as much ahead of time as they can, then freeze it.  Such as making batches and batches of sugar cookies then pulling them out of the freezer to ice them.  Making pumpkin, banana, cranberry bread and freezing the loaves.  You get the idea.  Me?  Not so much.  Christmas has crept up on me this year, so this weekend I'm going to brave the grocery store and try to do a little bit of pre-Christmas baking.  Not much, but it just wouldn't be Christmas at my house without a pumpkin & pecan pies!  What food do you absolutely HAVE to have each year?