That tipsy fruitcake sounds wonderful! Wish I were your next door neighbor.
My DW is making traditional Slovak horn cookies (called roshki, and ya gotta roll the 'R'), with various fillings. The usual fillings that my mother used to make are honey-nut, prune, and apricot, but my wife's going to try some cherry ones this year. My sister makes apple-filled roshki and they are great also.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven... --Ecclesiastes 3