We always gather together as a family in our pajamas for Christmas morning breakfast- even those who are driving to join us come in their pajamas! It's a fun tradition that we've been doing since we got married (maybe even before?). This years menu was perfect and I don't think it needs to be changed at all.
Christmas Morning Breakfast
Breakfast Casserole (made the night before)
Cinnamon Rolls with Eggnog Icing (also made the day before)
Candied Bacon and Regular Bacon
Gingerbread Waffles with maple syrup
Hot Cocoa for the children with marshmallows and peppermint sticks
Our Christmas Eve dinner is our more "dressy" meal. We eat before we got to our church service and then have dessert once we get home. We don't have a traditional dinner, though we've tried to find "the" menu. We've tried everything from lobster to steak to seafood gratins but nothing has struck gold with us yet. The problem is that we want a special dinner but we don't want all the clean-up! To spend hours cleaning up in the kitchen on Christmas Eve, especially when you've got other matters to attend to, is frustrating. Therefore, I've looked for something that's extraordinary but can be made ahead. This year, I'm not sure that I struck gold but it sure was tasty! I think perhaps it can be tweaked a bit to make it just right.
Also, years ago, Bryce used to make an Eggnog from scratch that was really tasty. However, we somehow let that go and it has been years since it appeared on Christmas Eve. No longer! He once again made a delicious and tasty Eggnog that will always be on our Christmas Eve menu (there is absolutely no comparison to store bought. None.)
Christmas Eve Dinner
Cheese Plate (Champagne aged cheddar and Wensleydale Cheese (Cranberry) with red grapes
Lobster Mac and Cheese
Boston Lettuce Salad with pomegranate seeds and Champagne Vinaigrette
No-Bake Miniature Cheesecakes