Making a batch of fresh cranberry sauce is one of my favorite ways to ring in the holidays. It's a quick, simple, one-pot-wonder and tastes worlds better than the kind that sits in a can on the grocer's shelf for who knows how many months (years?!).
Cranberry sauce is versatile beyond the holidays - it pairs nicely with pork and lamb in addition to the traditional turkey. You could use the same guidelines for blueberry or strawberry compotes as well to spread over a muffin or swirl into a bowl of oatmeal...but maybe keep the bourbon out if you're serving this with breakfast, unless it's a mimosa kind of brunch. ;)