I know many of you will be waking up on Christmas Day with children who are much more eager to see what Santa left them than to eat breakfast (and you’ll likely be too busy to cook much that morning)! I put together a few suggestions for an easy and delicious Christmas Day breakfast. I know many of you have your own Christmas day breakfast traditions, but for those of you who don’t already have your menus set, I hope these will help make the day more joyful and relaxing for you and your family.
One of the best ways to get your growing eaters to try some new foods is to get them involved in choosing and making the meals. These delicious make ahead breakfast recipes for Christmas morning (or any morning) are a great way to get your kids excited about cooking with you. For more ideas and recipes for inspiring your kids to try new foods, check out fabulous new book from Jennifer Tyler Lee, The 52 New Foods Challenge: A Family Cooking Adventure for Each Week of the Year.
Now, for the recipes:
Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast (serve with bacon or sausage)
Garden Quichelettes (serve with sliced oranges, clementines or strawberries)
Spanish Oven Omelet with Diced Potatoes (serve with fruit)
I love learning about the diverse and delicious food traditions of you Scramblers. Here are some of your responses to my query on Facebook:
Christmas day breakfast is big for us: scrambled eggs, sausage, cooked apples, and Moravian sugar cake (I miss NC just thinking about it!). Christmas lunch is low-key: Christmas Eve leftovers (homemade pizza and salad).
Kathryn Howell Dalton
I make caramel apple challah day-ahead French toast that I just put in the oven while the kids open the presents. Makes the house smell so good and I can focus on the family instead of breakfast.
My mom makes waffles on Christmas morning. Usually ham for Christmas dinner, but Italian relatives often have lasagna. Christmas Eve is often something easily kept warm like soup or chili because of varying schedules and church services.
Lillace Denise Boulet
Christmas is one morning that I do not do anything. We usually have donuts or cake and milk/juice/coffee. A relaxed, happy morning!
The tradition when I was growing up was to open our stockings and gift from Santa, then have a big breakfast before opening the rest of our gifts. We do that with our kids now and the breakfast foods change year to year. This year we’ll have waffles, bacon, eggs and hot cocoa (we always have cocoa). And we do a big turkey dinner.
We celebrate Christmas with gusto but our big meal is Christmas Eve with the whole family. My little family has a tradition of a morning of homemade cinnamon rolls and bacon, gift unwrapping and then we go see a movie in the afternoon followed by dinner at our favorite Chinese Food restaurant. I am not sure how or why we started this but all five of us love it!
We have a sailor stationed overseas who comes home after Christmas so our holidays are random. Whenever we decide to celebrate Christmas, we have mini quiches, coffee and a baked good of some sort after presents.
Christmas Eve dinner is beef and seafood (shrimp and scallops) fondue.
Karen Hinckley Stukovsky
I make a quiche the day before (half ham or turkey/half vegetarian) and cinnamon rolls.
Christmas Eve was always at my parents’ house growing up. They moved into a condo a few years back and I took over the tradition. The tradition includes eating the leftover desserts for breakfast Christmas morning.
After we open gifts I make Classic Belgian waffles for breakfast. Christmas night we get together with the rest of my family and everyone brings finger foods to share.
Nicole Krueger Fleminger
Cheese souffle, fruit salad, and bacon on Christmas morning…tamales and chili on Christmas Eve (yep, we get active to balance out the intake)!
We usually have ham and scalloped potatoes on Christmas Eve and (oh I hate to admit it but it has become a tradition) – Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls while opening gifts from Santa on Christmas morning.
I make Oyster Stew on Christmas morning.
Those Land of Nod Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast (yup, drenched in butter and sugar!) Christmas Eve can be tamales or posole depending on what is going on. Chile is important!
We do a simple brunch of egg casserole, potato casserole, fruit and either a batch of cinnamon rolls/muffins/coffee cake or even Christmas cookies.
We carry on my husband’s traditional family Christmas Eve dinner. Scotch eggs and crudités with garlic aoli for dipping.
Sadler Christmas “lunch” sometime between noon and 3, or whenever the turkey is ready.
Angela Renee Ball
We do what we want, for breakfast this year I am making cheese Danish, with ham on the side, and a fruit, veggie, and cheese tray for all day snacking, making a buffet of cookies and candies, and for dinner steaks on the grill with salad and French fries… Really it is a lot of stuff that can be made in advance, and day of easy cooking… It’s about family, not stress.
Cinnamon buns coffee and orange juice after presents are opened:)
Cindy Lachman- Hanna
I love my childhood totally 70s Christmas Eve tradition: cheese fondue by the Christmas tree! My mom used to make a fantastic coffee cake (involving yeast and several risings) for Christmas morning, but I’m still tinkering with what we’ll do: something special and festive, but easier. My husband’s family does the huge Italian Christmas Eve dinner, but not of 7 fishes due to allergies. Difficult trying to reconcile all the wonderful traditions, sometimes.
Chinese food is big for Jewish people on Christmas, along with movies!! -that is unless we get invited to a friend that celebrates Christmas which does happen often.
Stacey Schuster Simon
Scotch eggs, cinnamon rolls, and tangerines. Decadent!
We do breakfast casseroles the day before that can be popped in the oven Christmas morning, and then have a big late lunch.
Emmy Taylor Greenwood
We have cinnamon rolls and chocolate croissants with coffee and cocoa for early breakfast. We also open our stockings, which Santa fills with tangerines, nuts and chocolate coins. We then have a big brunch with Virginia ham, biscuits, an egg dish, scalloped or hashed potatoes or fruit.
Yvie Rehder Killian
You posted a recipe a few years ago for an overnight baked blueberry French toast made with challah. It is our Christmas breakfast now many years running!
Colleen Gallagher Roes