My family loves Christmas. My family loves to eat. My family comes over to my house Christmas morning
to eat to spend time together and enjoy each others company. Seriously, my home has become the Christmas morning hub and I love it! My boys are blessed to have so much family that loves them and wants to see them open their presents and laugh together and reflect on how limitless Gods love for us is. But you know what isn’t limitless, time and croissants. We have to value our time together and we have to know how many croissants to buy. Did I just say all that in an effort to introduce a post about how to make Christmas breakfast for a crowd? Yes, I did.
So what do you cook when you don’t even know how many people are stopping by and when they are stopping by? Do you want to be sweating over the stove while everyone is eating fruitcake and singing carols? Ok, maybe you do. Bad example.
What if it was carols and these bad boys… Chocolate croissants. Do I have your attention?
Having lots of family over on Christmas morning is always going to be hectic, know it and own it. However, It can be hectic and fun if you have a plan. Sometimes, it’s as simple as selecting the right dishes and prepping some things the night before, which is exactly what I do.
I only make one item on the spot and last year is was the croissants above. They rose overnight and they went in the oven in the morning. Totally worth it, totally delish.
I made a sour cream bundt cake a few days before and it was off my list. You can also buy one and make it even easier for yourself. It goes great with coffee and even people that are not “breakfast” people will have a slice with coffee.
We buy a ham every year since it can be eaten room temperature.
Choose 2 casseroles, one sweet and one savory and make sure that they can be prepped ahead of time. Casseroles are the best options because you can prep them the night before and put them in the fridge. Christmas morning they go in the oven and you set your timer and sit with the kids. I did buy two warmers so that the casseroles stay warm for a couple of hours. Anything to not have to fuss over food is a good thing.
Set up a drink station the night before, without the beverages of course but with the carafes or pitchers in place. Take out coffee cups, stirrers, sugars, small pitcher for cream (not a tiny one that you will have to refill), and marshmallows if you are serving hot chocolate.
Prep your coffee maker the night before. Grind the beans (if you buy whole bean) and place the water in the container so that you only have to push a button in the morning.
Invest in purchasing one or two thermal pitchers so that you don’t have to worry about warm or cold coffee. These are the ones that I have and the coffee stays really hot for hours so that everyone can serve themselves throughout the morning.
Create a Cold drink station. This is a big bowl with ice and champagne and orange juice for mimosas or peach nectar for bellinis. That milk jug (which I love) is full of homemade egg nog (which I love too) that my husband (who I love most) makes every year. This way no one asks where they can find things in the fridge, it’s all there.
Of course, set out the basics – cups, utensils, napkins, serving utensils for everything you are serving and have extra garbage bags handy for all the wrapping paper.
But whatever you do, don’t throw away these moments, because they are better than chocolate croissants. And that says a lot because those things are good!
Enjoy this beautiful day, with an even more beautiful meaning. Enjoy your beautiful gifts, knowing that the best gift of all is knowing that God’s love is something you can never get enough of. Because even croissants you can tire of. It’s never happened to me, but I hear it happens.
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Patti Rowland says
What is your recipe for the croissants? They look wonderful.
Patti, these are from Williams and Sonoma. They arrive frozen, I allow them to rise overnight and bake in the morning. I have never attempted to make them from scratch but these are delicious!
Those chocolate croissants look fabulous! Do you have a link to the recipe?
Hi Tiffany! I buy them from Williams and Sonoma. They arrive frozen and I allow them to rise overnight and then bake in the morning. They are delicious! Last year we went to Paris and these match the french ones…that says a lot!
Great ideas to have a drink station and a cold station. Genius! I want to come eat those chocolate croissants!
They are my favorite! Thank you Morgan!