'Tis the season for cocktail parties. While Thanksgiving is all about the big sit-down dinner, Christmas seems to be more about the cocktail parties. I put together this list of my favorite appetizers from years past. Some are from my catering days, when December was my craziest time of the year and the parties were sort of fancy and refined. Some are new recipes that we've become fond of now that we're in that kid-friendly entertaining phase of our lives where cocktail parties are really Open Houses with kids running around.