If you are among those who want just a little more fall before winter… .if you love the holidays but want a little more space between them, well, this breakfast menu is for you!
It’s that time of the year again when peppermint and gingerbread invade everything from our cereal to our beer—and it happens all too quickly after Thanksgiving! The infamous “Christmas creep” that has snuck into retail for years is now infiltrating our food.
If you’re unfamiliar with the notion of “Christmas creep,” it’s the idea that Christmas décor, themes, ideas and spirit all begin to seep into the retail world well beyond December, and, in some cases, before Halloween.
For years, we’ve been able to avoid it from a food standpoint, still enjoying harvest meals throughout early December and casually ascending into Christmas fandom, but now that “food as entertainment” is in full force throughout pop culture, Christmas-themed food events and entertainment start the day after Thanksgiving. That means all those leftover pumpkins you have that survived a Halloween carving now have one of two options: 1) be tossed out; or, 2) be made into a delicious soup that everyone will tell you is “so last month.”
What happened to the in-between? Autumn to winter should be a transition, not a one-day turnaround. Winter doesn’t even start until the end of December, but culturally we’ve trained ourselves to throw out the pumpkin with the spice the second December 1 rolls around for gingerbread and peppermint.
Well, we say not so fast! There’s plenty of time left to savor the best and brightest of autumn, and that it’s time to take back that time between the end of Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season—after all, there are only twelve days of Christmas; the carol doesn’t mention “on the first of December.
So put your pumpkins to good use, go pick a squash and keep the autumn colors around the house a bit longer, because it’s not all gumdrops and candy canes yet! The breakfast recipes below will help you remember to savor the whole season and not rush through it quite so fast.