By now, most of us have our shopping and wrapping done (unless you’re finishing up your wrapping after the kids go to bed!). You may be getting together with friends and family tonight, or you may be going to church for a lovely candle-lit service. Or, you might stay home and do your own thing on Christmas Eve. If you celebrate Christmas and you have children at home, though, tomorrow morning is sure to be fun! My kids are up before the sun and are usually pouncing on our beds, eager to get up and see what Santa has brought! More than once, they’ve come in at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning, only to get sent back to bed (or invited into our bed if they could be quiet!) with instructions to not come back until 6:30. The rule is always that Daddy and I needed to have coffee started and cats fed before the unwrapping melee could begin.
One thing that tends to go by the wayside in our house is what to serve for breakfast on Christmas Day. Sometimes, it’s cinnamon rolls fresh from the whack-and-bake package. Other years, I get it together enough to make pancakes, eggs and bacon to enjoy after the gifts have been opened. Here are a few other ideas, if you haven’t given this any thought yet:
- French Toast Casserole I think that this is what I’m going to do this year. I have found several recipes, and they call for a loaf of French or Italian bread, layered with eggs, milk, vanilla, nuts, brown sugar and various other bits of yumminess in a casserole dish. Refrigerate overnight and bake in the morning for 45 minutes or so. This appeals to me because it seems easy enough to improvise and because I can throw it in the oven while we’re opening gifts, then it will be ready when we’re done.
- Fresh Fruit and Cereal Particularly if you’re the one cooking Christmas dinner, just some easy foods on hand might be easiest for everyone. Some berries, oranges, apples and pears along with cold or hot cereal (maybe something out-of-the-ordinary that your kids will love, like Cocoa Puffs or Lucky Charms, even!) are pretty mess-free and easy enough that everyone can help him- or herself.
- Christmas Brunch Do you have your main meal on Christmas Eve or later in the evening on Christmas Day? A relaxing brunch at 10:00 or 11:00 in the morning might be a nice way to come together as a family after the excitement of the gifts has passed. Make a crustless quiche, grilled cheese sandwiches cut into quarters, deviled eggs, a fruit salad, muffins and whatever other foods your family likes.
- Slowcooked Egg Casserole How about filling up your crockpot tonight, and waking up to breakfast already made for you? Mix a bag of frozen hash browns with ten eggs, a half-pound of cubed or sliced ham, a cup of milk and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese. In a pan on the stove, sautee an onion and a green pepper until cooked, and add that to the mixture. Turn the crockpot on low and cook for nine hours. Serve this on its own or add toast, and breakfast is done!
Whether you take the time to plan breakfast tonight or just rely on whatever you have when morning comes, tomorrow morning is sure to be special and exciting. Merry Christmas!