If you want to make any Friendship Cakes for Christmas parties, you need to start now. Take a non-reactive container with a lid (I use a plastic jar that once held biscotti). Put in one can of pineapple (drained), one can of peaches(drained), one can of apricots (drained), one can of maraschino cherries(did I mention drained?), 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1 1/4 cups of brandy. Put the lid on it and stick it under the stairs.
Come back in five weeks and I'll give you the recipe for the cake. You will not regret this.