Christmas Morning Breakfast …
one of my favorite holiday traditions.
Christmas Eve was the main event for our family.
When my sister and I had families of our own our traditions changed. We spent Christmas Eve with our own families and in-laws and gathered at our mom’s on Christmas morning.
It was definitely breakfast, not brunch. My nieces were young and up early excited to tear into their gifts. My mom, their granny, insisted on breakfast before opening presents.
My mom loved decorating for Christmas and getting out her Waechterbach ceramic dinnerware. It was gifted to her by our grandmother, her (former) mother-in-law. They remained very close which was a wonderful thing.
When I inherited the Waechterbach, I continued my mom’s tradition and set our table with Waechterbach for Christmas morning breakfast.
With the Waechtersbach in mind, I embraced a traditional red and green theme for Snowberry’s first Christmas.
My Christmas bins had been in storage for nearly five years. It was fun to open them up after all this time … everything felt brand new again. After assessing what I had, I did a little shopping. Very little.
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I found this fun plaid table runner and it beautifully compliments the vibrant colors of the Waechtersbach.
Don’t the Waechtersbach plates look beautiful layered on top?
My everyday flatware wasn’t doing it for me, and my grandmother’s silver was too much, so I rummaged through the garage and pulled out my outdoor flatware. I love how the ivory-colored handles work with the setting.
And finally … napkins. I bought these green, linen napkins for our fall table settings. Added bonus, they’re perfect for Christmas too.
About those napkins, after setting the table I realized I forgot to add them … where to place them? I love the setting so much as is … so why not put them in the mugs. I wasn’t sure how to do it … so I Googled and learned a new napkin folding skill. Ok, my only napkin folding skill.
For a centerpiece I placed a twig and pinecone wreath that I bought years ago on a wood lazy Susan.
Oh, and I dropped some sugared cranberries around the candle. It’s hard to see them.
Yes, I light candles for Christmas breakfast.
And there you have it … my Christmas morning breakfast table setting.
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What’s on the menu …
If 2020 taught me anything it’s to live in the moment. That said, I look forward to Christmas 2021 and setting the table for Christmas morning breakfast en famille.
Our menu is simple … fruit salad, freshly baked muffins, and a breakfast casserole. These are some of my favorites, all kid friendly.
Blackberry-Cantaloupe Salad … I serve this fruit salad hors d’oeuvre style, on skewers, which makes for a fun presentation.
Blueberry Lemon Muffins … use the basic Pillsbury muffin recipe and add
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries and 1 teaspoon of freshly grated lemon peel to the batter.
Here’s my sister’s breakfast casserole recipe … she emailed it to me back in 2004.
I’m not sure why it looks blue.
Farmer’s Casserole is also a crowd pleaser. I substitute jalapeno jack cheese for plain jack, and Canadian bacon for ham.
Since it’s just Jim and I this year, I’m making Ina Garten’s Country French Omelet. It serves two, it’s easy and delicious.
Last but not least, coffee for Jim and cocoa for me. I turned Jim’s coffee bar into a Christmas hot cocoa station.
Sipping my morning cocoa from a Waechtersbach mug makes it taste even better.
After catching a glimpse of my Waechtersbach mug on my first-ever holiday gift guide, several of you wrote to say that you collect Waechtersbach too!
I love the Christmas Tree pattern so much I think it’s time to start collecting more serving pieces.
The pattern was discontinued in 2012, but Replacements Ltd, eBay and Etsy are great sources.
Holiday Cocktail, Anyone?
We’ll ring in the New Year with the Raspberry Kir Royale.
Jim and I are on our own for Christmas this year.
Well, not exactly… our sweet dogs Pippa and Maggie are here making our holiday’s merry and bright.
After Christmas breakfast, we’ll take them to the bike trail or reservoir for a long walk.
This brings us to the end of Snowberry’s Holiday-Palooza!
I’ve had so much fun creating these posts and sharing Snowberry’s first Christmas.
And, last but not least, my Christmas Morning Breakfast Table Setting
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I’m incredibly grateful to you for the support and encouragement you’ve shown me since I launched the blog last summer.
In the New Year, I’ll get back to the renovation … starting with the smallest room in the house, our blue and white guest bathroom.
Until then, I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.
Happy Holiday’s, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Snowberry!
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