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After the Gifts and Stockings are Open, Prepare a Christmas Day Brunch!

Once Santa's filled the stockings and the gifts have been opened, it's time to enjoy a festive holiday brunch with your family on Christmas morning.  But relax, you don't have to get out of bed at the crack of down to get ready for a Christmas brunch.  All you need to do is a little pre-meal prep the night before and you'll have everything ready to go long before the kids come rushing down the stairs to see what Santa left them under the tree! 

Whether you're expecting a full house Christmas morning, complete with friends, neighbors, and out-of-town guests or will just be having a small Christmas brunch with your immediate family, doing as much pre-meal prep as possible the night before means you'll be able to enjoy Christmas morning with your family instead of being tied to the kitchen.  Start out by getting the table set and ready for your meal.  Save your fine china for Christmas dinner and save yourself time cleaning up by using festive Christmas paper goods for your brunch.  Cover the table with a pretty poinsettia print plastic tablecloth and make your place settings look festive with coordinating paper plates and napkins.    Create place cards for everyone out of red and green cardstock using a gold glitter pen to write each guest's name and glue a small sprig of holly to the corner.  Instead of a large centerpiece, fill small vases with fresh red roses mixed with fresh evergreens and alternate the vases with a couple of holly trimmed pillar candles running down the center of your table. 

There are plenty of menu options available for those cooks who don't relish the idea of spending Christmas morning stuck at the stove while everyone else is relaxing on the couch.  Find a recipe for a tasty breakfast strata that can be put together the night before and kept in the refrigerator until it's time to put it in the oven.  Or, put together a loaf of Monkey Bread that just needs to be heated up before breakfast.  For those who don't mind a little cooking Christmas morning, whip up a quick batch of eggnog pancakes along with some microwave bacon, sausage, and plenty of fresh juice and coffee to go around!  Another tasty option for your Christmas brunch is to set up a buffet filled with treats your that your family and guests can nibble on throughout the morning.  Set up a Christmas cupcake tray filled with fresh blueberry muffins, a big bowl of fruit salad, some coffee cake, mini quiches, sausage patties, buttermilk biscuits with various jams, and an apple Bundt cake.  You can also set up a drink station with orange juice, champagne, and champagne flutes so guests can make their own mimosas, as well as eggnog, milk, juice, coffee, and hot chocolate. 

By getting your Christmas brunch table set up the night before and planning a menu that can be put together the night before or whipped up quickly Christmas morning, you can spend more time enjoying the holiday with your family.  And if you'll be hosting a huge family meal later in the day, or heading out to spend the day with relatives, using festive Christmas paper goods that make cleanup a breeze and keep the dishes down to a minimum will take an element of stress out of your holiday and leave you with more free time on a day that should be dedicated to friends and family, not dishes and dining.  A festive Christmas brunch is the perfect way to kick off your holiday and give your family a tasty treat that will set the tone for the day and give everyone a bit of energy, whether you've got an early morning start thanks to the kids' excitement over Santa or a lazy morning at home.  So don your plush Santa hat and crank up the Christmas tunes as you settle in for the perfect way to spend your Christmas morning! 

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