Every Christmas morning we host a pajama breakfast at the house. Our whole family knows that they are invited to swing by, eat and hang out. They also know that they are welcome to come in their pajamas. I really look forward to this day and so do the boys!
The menu is plentiful but the cooking is really simple because most of all, I want to enjoy my boys opening their gifts.
The night before, I prepare a couple of casseroles and I place them in the fridge. These casseroles are supposed to be refrigerated so that the flavors can marry. One is sweet and the other is savory. As soon as I wake up, I turn on the oven, get the casseroles in there and turn on the timer.
My husband buys a ham the day before. I prepare a fruit platter the night before. I bake some cookies with the boys the day before and also bring them out to the table.
I prefer to buy or make everything myself because that way I know that all the food is laid out on the table and I don’t have to fuss with it again. If I delegate the dishes, then I constantly have to come back to the table to re-arrange once the guests arrive, I have to re-heat dishes…you get the point. It may sound easier to delegate but if your goal is to spend time with little kids…consider an easy menu that you can execute yourself.
My husband gets up really early and starts making the hot cocoa and grinding the coffee beans.
We put both the coffee and the hot cocoa in carafes so that they will stay hot for the duration of the breakfast. Thermal carafes are a great investment because you wont have to re-heat or make more coffee. These are pretty inexpensive and you can find them “here“.
I set up this coffee/cocoa station the night before. Hence the dark cell phone picture!
I sometimes make scones and freeze them in zipper bags with instructions for baking. If I have any left in the freezer come Christmas morning, then I will bake them but only if I have extra time. They are delish! The ones below are cranberry scones.
Whatever you do, keep it simple. Do as much as you can ahead of time. Buy some of your items, they don’t all have to be homemade. Have a checklist. Have fun! Whatever you do…don’t miss this!
These are my boys opening their gifts…this is my favorite part. There is no scone that is yummier than this moment.
I love you all! Remember to give. Remember to live.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Isaiah 9:6”