Christmas can be stressful from thinking about all of the presents you need to buy and all of the food you need to prepare. But, it doesn't have to be so much work if you learn how to prepare and plan for the upcoming fesitivites.
There is a simple solution to make Christmas recipes and cooking easy and that is to prepare and freeze dishes in advance. Start now while the holidays are just getting started. Make up a list of the easy Christmas recipes you want to tackle and then make up a list of the items you will need. Start now to use that list along with your store sales flyers to get those items you will need that are non-perishable and stock up. By the time December rolls around you will at least have the supplies you need to make those fun and easy Christmas recipes. Then you can start cooking the first part of December and freeze items like cookies, cakes, and casseroles that will keep well until you need them right at Christmas.
By preparing ahead of time for your Christmas dishes you there is less pressure to perform miracles when Christmas comes and time is short. This allows you the time to create some wonderful Christmas casseroles that you know your family will enjoy when you have the time and aren't under pressure to get it done now.
Casseroles and similar dishes are perfect for making ahead and are ideal for freezing for the times when cooking a meal is the least of your priorities. If you have guests to dinner in the Christmas holidays a home cooked, traditional casserole will always be well received. You can prepare and freeze your favorite dishes months in advance and if you really want to be prepared for Christmas you can make and freeze enough for many Christmas occasions and events.
Some traditional Christmas recipe favorites that can be prepared ahead of time and frozen are sweet potato casseroles, dressing or stuffing, pumpkin pie, apple pie, mince meat pie, and pecan pie. Of course there are other Christmas favorites such as key lime pie, deep fried turkey or green bean casserole that might be so fresh if you freeze them. You need to make a list of those Christmas foods that you can prepare ahead of time and then save the other Christmas recipes to make the day before Christmas. By preparing what you can ahead of time you can then focus on those favorite recipes to save until the big event.
It is not always necessary to be the professional chef or to spend hours of your precious time preparing a Christmas dinner for it to be enjoyed. Christmas is a time to spend with family and while we love to eat when we are visiting with relatives you can still make up some of these easy Christmas recipes ahead of time to make the whole holiday event much more enjoyable and stress free. If you have planned your Christmas meals well in advance you will be assured that one aspect of the Christmas season is taken care of.