Christmas will be here before we know it! I don’t know about you, but I count November 1st as the start of the Christmas season. I do this for a few reasons: 1. My brain is already thinking about Christmas (gifts, budget, Christmas breakfast ideas and other food, parties, etc.) 2. We are traveling over Thanksgiving so I like to come back from that time NOT overwhelmed by a long Christmas to-do list. 3. It snowed yesterday. #thanksMidwest
So I am ready to start diving into Christmas mode– Christmas music on Spotify, corny Christmas movies, making a list and checking it twice for gifts! If Christmas feels a little overwhelming and less exciting I’m so glad you’ve come here too! I love it when I can help you do some planning and take one thing off your plate, in this case it’s finding great Christmas breakfast ideas for you!
Do you have a traditional Christmas breakfast? Growing up we always had delicious, homemade cinnamon rolls! My husband and I have expanded on the cinnamon roll goodness and like to do a full Christmas brunch with cinnamon rolls, bacon, an egg dish and a fruit salad or fresh fruit! This keeps everyone satisfied with a lunch of snacks/appetizers and then we do a more formal dinner with steak, mashed potatoes, rolls, and cheesecake with cherries for dessert!
I think when you are planning for Christmas breakfast you need to ask yourself a few questions:
- What sounds good? Of course, right?! You want to enjoy food you love at the holidays! And if cinnamon rolls or eggs sound awful to you, I’m not going to judge you for whipping up green Christmas smoothies or whatever else sounds good to you! You are the boss of your Christmas!
- What sounds doable? Making a big, all-from-scratch Christmas breakfast feast lights some people up! Does thinking about that sound easy and doable and calm? If you start to feel tension as you plan around a certain food that I would encourage you to LET IT GO, LET IT GO. Although I grew up on from scratch cinnamon rolls I grab some Rhodes cinnamon rolls from the Walmart freezer section and call that good. But there are some great fast and easy ideas here for you too! You are the only one who can answer this question for yourself and your family.
- What sounds fun? Do you want to just go with Christmas cookies for Christmas breakfast? Or does whipping up a big feast with your whole family pitching in sound marvelous?! Choose a Christmas breakfast that will bring your family joy and vibrance!
To Make These Recipes You May Need…
Christmas baking is not for the faint of heart! Make sure you are fully stocked before diving into your Christmas breakfast baking!
- A nice, full apron to cover splatters and spills!
- For these casseroles, cinnamon rolls and french toast bake you’re going to want a nice, deep baking dish! Did you know not all 9×13 pans are actually 9×13? That’s why some recipes will have spillover depending on the dish size! This large, cheerful, red dish is beautiful, easy to clean, and should last for years.
- At Christmas my Kitchenaid Mixer is my BEST FRIEND. (Christmas time is a great time to pick one up on sale too!)
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Mouthwatering Christmas Breakfast Ideas
French Toast Bakes
I love French Toast Bakes because they are so easy to make and they are perfect prep-ahead of time goodness! Then on Christmas morning all you need to do is bake them!
Baked oatmeal is a Christmas breakfast idea that is healthier but still feels special! Top with fresh fruit and a dollop of whip cream!
Cinnamon Rolls + Sweet Breads
I love the cinnamon rolls and sweet breads the most! Of course this ended up being the biggest category because I could NOT narrow things down!
Classic Cinnamon Rolls (from Pioneer Woman)
Freezing Cinnamon Rolls — great tips for cutting down your work time on homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning!
Secret confession: I don’t like eggs. But I WANT to and these egg recipes have me rethinking things. So many easy, make-ahead Christmas breakfast ideas here!
Fruits and Veggies
I always like to add a little fruit or veggies to our Christmas breakfast for just a smidge of nutrition! You can always just do cut up fruit or mandarin oranges, but these ideas may have your loved ones reaching for more fruits and veggies than normal on Christmas!
Along with these fantastic recipes many of the French toast bakes can be made with almond or coconut milk, plus most of the fruit and veggie recipes mentioned above would be great for specialty diets.
I hope these Christmas breakfast ideas have your brain dancing with sugarplums and your mouth watering! What do you all plan to make for your Christmas morning breakfast this year?
Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love creating beautiful and peaceful memories with my family! Laid back Christmas mornings are so special to us and I hope these ideas help you create wonderful memories with your family this Christmas!