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Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Updated on July 18, 2012
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.


Christmas breakfast ideas are everywhere this time of year and choosing between them can be difficult. Christmas Day is an exciting, busy holiday and all too often breakfast become lost in the sea of wrapping paper, ribbon, and treats that are in such generous supply.

Tips for the Perfect Christmas Breakfast

Keep it easy and simple. The more complex your dishes are the more time away from the family you will have to take, and that's no fun.

Make as much ahead of time as you can. You want to be taking pictures and opening gifts with your loved ones not chopping pecans and rolling dough. When you are creating your Christmas breakfast menu think of things that can be made ahead and then served buffet style without worry. Think of how your family celebrates and how the morning goes and make plans that flow with those traditions rather than fighting them.

While it is important to be eco-minded consider using disposable plates so that the kitchen is not a mess. Especially if you are cooking a big midday meal you don't want a lot of dishes to do.

Plain toast is not so plain when there are unusual and delicious toppings to put on it. COnsider honey butter, maple butter, or other flavored butters along with jams and jelly.

Easy Christmas Breakfast Ideas

If you are short on time (and most people are this time of year) you can still create a fabulous and easy breakfast buffet.

Fruit and Breads

Make a plate of fresh fruit that includes grapes, bananas, and pineapple and serve it with a cream cheese dip. Add several artisan breads from the bakery like:

  • Bagels
  • Cinnamon Bread
  • Brioche
  • English Muffins
  • Croissants

Serve an orange spritzer, a glass half filled with orange juice and then filled the rest of the way with club soda.

Bagel Buffet

Arrange a variety of bagels on the buffet table with cream cheese, thinly sliced smoked meats, and flavored butters to spread on them. Keep a toaster nearby so that they can be eaten crispy and hot. Have hot coffee ready with cream and sugar on the side.

Finger Foods

Buy the small appetizer quiches at your local Sam's or Costco and warm them up in the oven. Serve them with donut holes, grapes, and other small finger foods. Serve with mugs of cocoa.

Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes

If you have a little bit of time it doesn't take much to throw together some muffins or a quick bread. Muffins are perfect for wrapping and putting in stockings for those early risers who will sneak a peek at the gifts before anyone else gets up. At least you know they ate something good for them.

Cranberry Banana Bread

Pumpkin French Toast

Cranberry Scones


Monkey Bread

Cranberry Orange Scones

You don't have to skip having a good breakfast just because it is a holiday. With a little planning you can enjoy Christmas and serve a holiday feast.

Keep in mind that one day of not eating a healthy breakfast isn't going to hurt anyone. While it is a great idea to have healthy items on hand don't be too concerned if your kids live on candy canes and Christmas cookies for the day. The most important thing is a stress free day spent with family and friends.


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    • william.fischer29 profile image


      7 years ago

      I'll try them even if it's not Christmas. I'm wanted to taste it ASAP. Thanks for this hub, Marye!

    • bettybarnesb profile image


      7 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Hey Marye. I was trying to think of something to add to breakfast this Christmas. Great idea. Thanks

    • beansprout123 profile image


      7 years ago

      There are some great ideas here. Thanks for witing such a useful hub.

    • Aniela profile image


      7 years ago from Southeastern, PA

      My parents, my daughter and I typically are at my place Christmas morning to open presents and have breakfast. I make a traditional egg/toast/hash browns breakfast. Easy, and my father will eat it! I may make a frittata this year for the rest of us. :)

    • alertswiftreview profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      yummy! merry Xmas!

      Its a really testy idea. I like your hub very much....

    • molson5070 profile image


      7 years ago from State College, Pa

      yumm the cranberry scones sound delicious. I never would have though of that!

    • Docmo profile image

      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      Yummy recipes. May try a few - great hub!

    • Les Trois Chenes profile image

      Les Trois Chenes 

      7 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

      Many thanks for these ideas. I run a B & B in France and this is the first year that we have guests for Christmas and I've been racking my brains for a menu. Can't get bagels here (can you get them in Lancashire - I lived there before I came here?).

    • Kat07 profile image


      7 years ago from Tampa

      I make orange banana bread fresh every Christmas morning - yummy to snack on while the kids dig into their stockings!

    • aneesharyan profile image


      7 years ago

      Fantastic Ideas

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      You definitely had some good ideas there

    • FCEtier profile image


      7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      My mother had a tradition of eating melted cheese on freshly made cornbread!

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      Karen Metz 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Muffins and quick breads sounds good to me. Although, I think the kids would like bagels with different flavors of cream cheese. Now I have to make a decision! LOL Thanks for the ideas!!

    • Shane Belceto profile image

      Shane Belceto 

      7 years ago from WA USA

      Great ideas ours is always easy yes the same each year but a tradition now smiles. We have the orange that comes in our stocking from Santa and fresh baked cinimin roles we toss in before opening presents .. this way too not too much food since generally no matter where we end up for celebrations the food is abundent and quite often early in the day. Thanks for adding tot he ideas though .

      ~Expect Miracles

    • Mokibobolink profile image


      7 years ago from Southern California

      Great hub! It's now made me hungry and it's not even Christmas yet. LOL.

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      7 years ago

      Since Christmas is coming soon, I've been looking for a hub just like this. These are some great tips, I never know that this would be a good advise. The English muffins would be nice for the kids and cinnamon bread for me.

      I'll be sure to try these stuffs this Christmas and thank you for sharing this.


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