11.08.2012

Christmas Brunch Inspiration

I saw my first Christmas TV commercial two days before Halloween.  I heard Christmas music playing the Saturday after Halloween.  As excited as I always am for the holiday season, I am simply not ready for all that.

And in complete and utter opposition to that last statement, I've been thinking about this upcoming Christmas a lot.  This will be the first Christmas in my entire 28 years that I'll be spending away from my family I grew up with.  I phrase it that way because technically Florida is my home and Hband is my family.  But you know what I mean.  This is going to be rough.  But I have some plans to help me through it.

1.  Go around and look at Christmas lights and listen to Christmas music, perhaphs with Bestie Jr. & Co.
2.  Pick out a real, live Christmas tree with Hband and set it up together, complete with all my ornaments from my parents' house, and all of his, too.
3.  Traditional Christmas Eve seafood dinner at my in-laws.  They also open gifts on Christmas Eve.
4.  Christmas day brunch.  Technically my family has always done this, but not on purpose, and it was only ever just our immediate family.  This year, this is my way of trying to invest myself here during the holiday.  Here is my plan:

I will invite all family and friends in the vicinity, plus those within facebook reach who may have nowhere to go on Christmas.  We will feast like we've never feasted before.  We will sit in a veritable winter wonderland.

Along with coffee, hot chocolate, and fruit juice, here is the projected menu:

Pumpkin French Toast Bake























Crockpot Breakfast Casserole














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Banana Bread Scones

















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Quiche Lorraine















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Cinnamon Rolls
















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Slow Cooker Oatmeal















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Bacon 
 
















Winter Fruit Salad















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Roasted Potatoes or maybe even SWEET POTATOES!!






















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Baked Egg Boats























Cinnamon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake
























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Spinach and Cheese Strata






















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We will view this:























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We will look at these:






















I think I will write the menu on mine.
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I'm going to spray paint tin cans with rose gold, gold, and silver paint and fill them with white poinsettias!
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And we may have one of these:






















Hot chocolate bar!!
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These aren't necessarily links to recipes.  I'm going to try to make all of these, so if I have some real winners, I'll come back and add the recipes.  So if you're going to be in my neck of the woods on Christmas day, please pop by to taste and see that this smorgasbord is good!



xoxo, A