10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning


Everyone wants to have a delicious breakfast on Christmas morning, but no one wants to spend precious moments cooking when you could be watching the utter delight on your children’s faces!  Make these AMAZING dishes ahead of time and then pop them in the oven so you don’t miss a thing!


Make Ahead Christmas Breakfast Ideas

1.  Overnight Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting from Lovely Little Kitchen:  This pictures is making my mouth water!

2.  Omelette Muffins from LaurenConrad.com:  Make these ahead and then warm them up in the oven!

3.  Freezer Breakfast Burritos from Skip to My Lou:  Sausage, egg, and cheese wrapped in a tortilla?  Yes, please!

Make Ahead Breakfast Casseroles

4.  French Toast Bake from Lil Luna:  This one is slightly different than ours, but looks equally delicious!

5.  Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole from the Deen Brothers:  This rich and flavorful casserole is packed with ham, swiss cheese, toast, red and yellow peppers, and eggs.  Make it the night before and throw it in the oven in the morning.

6.  Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole from Six Sisters’ Stuff:  Casserole in the crockpot?  Awesomeness.

Breakfast ideas to make ahead

7.  Freezer-Friendly Baked Oatmeal from Money Saving Mom:  Make this WAY ahead of time and pop in the freezer!

8.  Bacon and Hash Brown Egg Bake from Yummly:  My bacon-loving boys would LOVE this casserole!

9.  Blueberry Breakfast Cake from Alexandra Cooks:  This looks simply amazing!

10.  Overnight French Toast Casserole:  Make the night before, refrigerate, and pop it in the oven in the morning.  Doesn’t get much easier!  (This is our family’s FAVORITE and my personal favorite because you don’t have to tear or cut the bread!

Breakfast Ideas for Christmas Morning- make them ahead of time

What is your favorite breakfast for Christmas morning?  




Snow & Ice Salt Writing Tray

Frozen-inspired Salt Writing Tray


I am somewhat obsessed with the smooth, shiny, ice-like texture from corn syrup paint.  A few weeks ago we created a Frozen-inspired name painting.  After it was finished, I thought it would be a great for a salt writing tray as well!


Little Brother and I had a great time making and playing with this fun salt-writing tray!  It is a great way for him to practice forming the letters of the alphabet (in addition to shapes and numbers…and anything else he wants to “write”).


Here’s what you’ll need:  A tray that is a couple inches deep (I used the top of a to-go container, but a pizza box would work great too), corn syrup, food coloring, glitter, and salt!  




1.  Combine corn syrup, blue food coloring, and glitter to make your “ice”.  Paint it on the bottom of you tray.  (Note:  I would recommend using a tray that is completely flat.  Ours took days to “dry” because it had ridges and curves which meant we had to use a lot of paint.  Keep in mind–the less “paint” you use, the better!)




2.  Let it dry completely.  This could take a few hours up to a day or two, depending on how much corn syrup paint you use.




3.  Once it is completely dry, add your salt until there is a smooth layer over the surface of the tray.




4.  Let your little one get busy writing letters, drawing shapes, or numbers in the salt tray!




Little Brother loved the feeling of the icy paint underneath the “snow”.















Salt-Writing Tray Inspired by Frozen



Snow and Ice Salt Writing Tray



Check out more snow-inspired crafts and activities here.  




Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!

There were lots of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:


Button Christmas Tree

Buggy and Buddy shares this adorable Button Christmas Tree tutorial.




christmas playdough mats

I love these Christmas Playdough Mats from Totschooling!




Create your own Craft Kit with QR codes

This idea from P is for Preschool and Life Over C’s is simply brilliant.  Create your own craft kit using QR codes!




Have an idea or activity to share??? Just link up below!

Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit!

*By linking up, you are granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your blog.





The Best Christmas Movies for All Ages

10 Christmas Movies to Watch as a Family


We love watching Christmas movies!  We have accumulated quite a collection of our favorites that we watch year after year.   The following are what we consider to be the best Christmas movies!  And yes, we typically watch this whole stack of movies during the month of December year after year!




Here are our family favorites.  

These are appropriate for school-aged children all the way through adulthood!



It’s a Wonderful Life

This movie is quintessential Christmas and everything good about mankind.  :)  I watch it year after year but still tear up every single time the whole town comes to George and Mary’s house on Christmas Eve!


The Nativity Story

This is such a beautiful, realistic reenactment of the story of Christ’s birth.  We  let our boys watch it last year and will again this year (the part where Baby John is circumcised made for an interesting discussion, let me tell you).  :)  I was amazed at how the story truly comes to life–thinking about Mary and Joseph especially and all the thoughts and feelings that they dealt with leading up to the birth of Jesus.




White Christmas

I have pretty much every song in this movie memorized.  I love it.  I have great memories of watching it with my mom growing up.  I am not crazy about modern-day musicals, but I LOVE this original.  I love Bing Crosby and I am mesmerized with Vera-Ellen’s tiny waist.  ;)






This is probably the most quoted movie from my husband and I.  “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

“I love singing.  Singing is my favorite.”

“Congratulations!  You did it!  World’s Best Cup of Coffee!

“Santa!!!!  I know him!”

I could go on.  But I won’t.  Needless to say, if you haven’t seen this movie, you need to.  I think we will finally let our boys watch it this year (the humor will be lost on really young children and there are a few inappropriate words/themes).


Miracle on 34th Street

We don’t currently own this movie (yet), but it is a classic I loved watching as a little girl!


Why Do We Call it Christmas?

I originally was going to put this movie in the “kid list” but I really think this is a great movie for families to watch together!  My husband and I both learned so much history about Christmas that we had no idea about before!  It packs in a ton of information while simultaneously being fun and engaging!

Runner’s Up:  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Santa Claus and Home Alone.  Neither of our kiddos are quite old enough to enjoy these classics, so we don’t currently own them.  And before you say something about The Christmas Story, I have actually never seen that movie before.  :)

Christmas Movies for Kids (Toddlers and Preschoolers)


the very first noel

The Very First Noel

We absolutely LOVE this video (it is perfect for preschoolers but even my school-aged son enjoys it).  It is unfortunately out of circulation, so you will be lucky to get your hands on a copy.  It is such a sweet (and very accurate) retelling of the birth of Christ in animated form.  And it is narrated by Andy Griffith, which I think is just precious.  :)

Saint Nicholas

Veggie Tales St. Nicholas

This is one of my favorite Veggie Tale movies of all time.  Whether or not you “do” Santa at your house, this is a wonderful video on the true story of St. Nicholas (without really getting into whether Santa is “real”).  It is perfect for preschoolers all the way through school-aged children.  Actually, it is one the whole family would probably enjoy watching together.  :)



Wowie Bozowie Christmas

A WowieBOZowee Christmas

BOZ is a big green bear who lives next door to the Baxter family.  He joins the family for their favorite traditions and everyone learns about giving in the process.  This sweet movie is so faith and family-oriented!



Christmas Classics

Children’s Christmas Classics

How can I forget the beloved Christmas classics of my childhood?  I grew up watching Frosty, Rudolph, and the silly elf who wanted to be a dentist.  :)  My mom has all of these movies and our boys love watching them at her house.

polar express

Edited to Add:  How could I forget The Polar Express?!?!  We really enjoy watching this movie year after year (the boys, especially).  However, I did refuse to watch it for the first 2-3 years after it came out as I was convinced that it wouldn’t hold a candle to the book (and it doesn’t) and they would somehow butcher it (they don’t).  I am not crazy about the hobo bit, but other than that it is a pretty good movie.  :)

10 Christmas Movies Square

What about you?  What is YOUR favorite Christmas movie?