This side dish can be made in any color combination for different holidays and whipped topping can be substituted for the sour cream, offering endless, colorful combinations. Any way it's prepared, it's a fun addition to any festive meal.
3 oz packages Jell-O (how many you need depends on the color combination)
1 cup hot water per Jell-O package
2/3 cup sour cream (or whipped topping) per Jell-O package
Place a 9x13 inch pan or a large, round glass dish in the refrigerator on a level spot to allow the glass to chill. Meanwhile, mix the first desired Jell-O packet with one cup hot water (the trick is to use water just hot enough to dissolve the Jell-O but not boiling or chilling time between layers will be significantly longer).
Separate out 2/3 cup Jell-O and pour into chilled glass. With the remaining 1/3 cup Jell-O, mix well with 2/3 cup sour cream or whipped topping.
Allow first layer of Jell-O to chill at least 15 minutes or more before pouring the Jell-O and sour cream mixture on top. Test first layer to make sure it is firm enough to support the sour cream layer or it will break through and the layers will not be clearly defined.
Continue until finished with Jell-O packets, allowing sufficient time between to cool. It should take about an hour and a half to make, with an additional two hours to chill the entire side dish.
Cut or scoop and enjoy!