Scratching the Christmas Itch

By Heather Thurmeier, author of Lost Without YouStuck On You, and Falling For You

Lost Without YouIt never fails, every year around October 1st, I start to get the itch that only the Christmas spirit can scratch. That sounds unpleasant, LOL. I can’t help it. I love Christmas and every year I can’t wait for the seasons to turn cold for one reason only, Christmastime!

I usually make it through September, enjoying the cooler fall weather, picking apples, and getting the kids back to school and into their routines. But come October, I’m done with apples and ready to get Halloween over with so I can stop seeing giant spider web decorations in every window and coating every bush. By mid-November, I’m ready. Seriously ready!

Giant inflatable snowmanThe only way to cure my Christmas itch is to just give in to the Christmas spirit! I usually start by decorating the inside of the house, since I can get away with that earlier in November without getting dirty looks from neighbors. Then the weekend of Thanksgiving, the outside decorations go up. I can’t wait any longer than that! This year, we have a new house with a great big front lawn and we *may* have gone a little Christmas crazy at the store, including but not limited to, a 12-foot blow up snowman!

Christmas breakfastI also can’t resist planning and sometimes even baking our Christmas goodies and meals! I don’t usually make too many, just a few favorites. I’m not much of a cook, but I manage to bake well enough that everyone is happy with the treats. One of our favorite holiday meals is Christmas Morning Wife Saver for breakfast from The Best of Bridge cookbook series. The recipe is really easy and even my little ones can help! In the morning before we open gifts, I do that last step and pop it in the oven for an hour. By the time it’s cooked, we’re ready to take a break and eat! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. I might have to make a “practice” batch this weekend… I swear this doesn’t happen *every* year. 😉

Oh and I can’t forget our tradition of watching Die Hard 1 & 2 every year! Forget those other “classic” movies. Nothing says Christmastime like my man Bruce! I *may* have a *little* (cough) crush on Bruce. 😉 Bruce is definitely a good itch scratcher. LOL.

I hope you have a Yippie-Ki-Yay Christmas!

Heather Thurmeier
~Heart, humor and a happily ever after


Christmas Morning Wife Saver


16 slices white bread, crusts 

16 slices Canadian back bacon or 

16 slices sharp cheddar cheese

6 eggs

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/2-1 tsp. dry mustard

1/4 cup minced onion

1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper

1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

3 cups milk

dash Tabasco

1/2 cup butter

Special K or crushed Corn Flakes


Set 8 pieces of bread into a 9 x 13 (23 x 33 cm) buttered, glass baking dish. Cover bread with slices of back bacon. Lay slices of cheddar cheese on top of bacon and then cover with remaining slices of bread to make it like a sandwich.

In a bowl, beat eggs and pepper. To the egg mixture add dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk and Tabasco.

Pour over the sandwiches, cover and let stand in fridge overnight.

**In morning, melt butter, pour over top. Cover with Special K or crushed Corn Flakes.

Bake, uncovered, 1 hour at 350 deg. F (180 deg. C). Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Serve this with fresh fruit, yogurt, bacon, or whatever you family will enjoy!

Note: I change my recipe a little. I don’t use Worcestershire or Tabasco and I use skim milk instead of whole. Even with these adjustments, the meal is delicious!

3 thoughts on “Scratching the Christmas Itch

  1. Becky Lower

    Heather, I try to do as little cooking as possible around the holidays, but may have to adjust myself this year, as I’m entertaining overnight company, and I’m sure they’ll want to eat sometime. I may try your recipe. And, I’m way with you on Bruce!