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How to Have an Easy Christmas Brunch

The holidays are just too stressful. If you do the big Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day dinner, it can feel impossible to actually enjoy yourself. Even if you split the holidays with family, or rotate, dinner is inherently a lot of work. But, do you know what is so much easier? Brunch. And if you have kids at home, isn’t it cool to let them hang out all day and play? A brunch buffet could be totally easy. So much food is ready made, all you have to do is pick up the goods on Christmas Eve and toss it in the fridge. On top of any of the ideas below, you can always make waffle mix the the day before and store in the fridge. We love brunch, because you can pretty much do as much as you have time for.

1.Ham

The easiest thing is to bake a ham. Buy a pre-cooked ham and toss it in the oven, according to size. Buy some rolls and mustard and you have your main brunch item ready to go.

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2.Strata

Brunch isn’t complete without eggs. There are a million recipes on the internet for Strata recipes and they are supereasy. You can use whatever you have in the house–sausage, bacon, cheese, veggies, ham…you get the idea. Here’s a simple recipe to follow that won’t take up your whole morning:

Place bread in a single layer in greased 8-inch baking dish.

Beat eggs, milk and thyme (or other spice of your choice) in a medium bowl until blended. Pour over bread and sprinkle with bacon or ingredient of your choice. Refrigerate covered for 30 minutes or overnight.

Heat oven at 350 degrees. Let your dish stand while the oven heats. Bake for 30 min. Sprinkle with cheese in the last 5 minutes. Bake until puffed, golden and firm in the center.

(Even better–you can find these pre-made at Stop and Shopor Costco Wholesale).

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3.Fruit Salad

How easy is this? Fruit is filling and looks pretty on a tray or in a bowl. We especially love a mix of dark berries topped with a sprig of mint for a festive look!

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4.Cinnamon Rolls

Pillsbury, all the way. Toss them in the oven and you’re done.

Regardless of how much food you have, make the occasion special buy using your good china and Christmas table cloth. Turn the tree on, light candles, and keep your fire roaring. The ambiance is what makes Christmas special.

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5.Croissants

Grab them from the grocery store in advance and freeze them. They look fancier than bagels and they’re just as easy. And cheaper.

6.Mimosas & Bellinis

Enough said. If you have a whiskey lover in the family, check out the Whiskey Exchange for an amazing selection and awesome drink ideas!

Just one more thing…don’t forget the coffee. It’ll be a long day of cleaning and entertaining! 

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