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December 18, 2013

Begin Christmas by being prepared for breakfast

The Christmas season is all about good food and the food begins with special breakfast. You and I both know that there is added work and stress in food preparation as you are preparing recipes that you only make once a year, or a new recipe, and it often takes longer to prepare than the time we planned.

This is a special time to have family and friends over for the holidays. No one wants to spend all their time in the kitchen while everyone else is visiting or, worse yet, preparing food while everyone else is having fun. You also have the challenge of guests or family members getting up at different times with some who like to eat right away and others who don’t. Some people like a big breakfast and others only want fruit or juice, milk or coffee.

I have written before about breakfast being the most important meal of the day and, too often, when people are extra busy during the holidays, they skip it. Needless to say, you are asking your body to run on an empty fuel tank and that is not healthy for many reasons. Since there is already enough added stress with the holidays, you might consider some of the following:

When you have overnight guests in your home, set up a breakfast buffet area with an assortment of plates, silverware, glasses and cups. This is one of those items you can ask your guests to help you with the night before. You can also ask the early riser to make the coffee or hot water for the cocoa and tea drinkers.

Here you have some options: Your coffee maker might already have a timer built into it, or you could plug the appliance into a timer. Whatever way the beverage gets made, the early risers will probably appreciate being able to enjoy a cup as soon as they arise.

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