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Nov 5, 2011 11:24 AM

Breakfast On The Holidays?

Since my mom has always made HUGE meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have always had a fairly light breakfast (for Southerners). Usually fresh-made (read Pillsbury) Cinnamon Rolls, orange juice, and milk. Not having breakfast was NEVER a consideration (Rule #1 is and always has been: Fat Boy Is Gonna Eat).
Now that I'm all grown up and the kitchen is mine, I continue the tradition, although my Cinnamon Rolls are completely homemade. What is your traditional breakfast on the holidays?

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  1. I'm a transplanted Southerner, but some traditions remain. Light breakfast like coffee cake or toast for Thanksgiving followed by the traditional meal in late afternoon.

    Christmas, for us, was a little different- we usually had various family members at our house for at least several days before and after the big day itself, and my parents would make leg of lamb, roast beef and ham on the days before Christmas Eve. We had the traditional big turkey dinner (always with 2 huge turkeys, 1 smoked, 1 stuffed and roasted) on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, my dad always made a HUGE breakfast of omelets, waffles, bacon, sausage, fried chicken livers and gizzards, and on and on. Trips to the kitchen for leftovers of the previous several days' meals dominated the rest of the day. :)

    MY DH works in sports media distribution, and so has had to work the last several Thanksgivings and Christmases, which really screws with my traditions!!!

    1. when the kids were here for Christmas, I tried to produce a nice breakfast, and then later that day, a great Christmas dinner. In retrospect, I worked far too hard on food. If I were to do it again, I'd lay out a brunch about midmorning, and make a nice supper later. Kids don't want to eat breakfast anyway--they are too excited. Older kids just want to sleep late. I think this is one day of the year when culinary rules should probably be suspended, and the cook should get a present too.

      When I was an older child my mom started making us sit in front of the Christmas tree and eat breakfast, and then open presents. She usually made ambrosia, an egg dish, and a purchased Christmas stollen. I think she was trying to make that morning memorable for us.

      As I said, I wouldn't try to replicate that experience, if I was living through my child rearing years again. But to each his own.

      1. Coffee and cold pie straight from the fridge (either pumpkin or apple).

        1. giant omlettes are always a must for us on holiday mornings. the carb tends to vary from year to year and holiday to holiday, but rotates between coffee cake, pumpkin pancakes, waffles, and crepes

          1. Christmas morning is always crepes stuffed with mushrooms, eggs and local cheddar. Bacon on the side, mimosas all around.