Christmas time is fast approaching and as adults we can easily forget the wonder and anticipation of the lights, the decorations, and the excitement of having our material wishes fulfilled. The Christmas holiday season is nothing short of magical, especially for families with small children in the household. When I was a child, the magic of Christmas began on the day the new Christmas catalog arrived in the mail. I could hardly wait to sit with it and pour over it’s colorful pages to make my mental wish list. I got to relive that excitement when the boys started devouring every page and dreaming about what Santa might bring them.
Small children give Christmas a warm and joyful energy. This year there will be a little more of that warm, joyful energy felt as we welcome my first grandchild, Logan Riley Carpenter into the family. Logan was born in early August. We are all excited to view Christmas through the eyes of a child again. Doing so will bring back the simple pleasures of life and maybe some new traditions.
We don’t have many traditions on Christmas Day. The day is pretty relaxed and we just go with the flow. There is, however, one tradition for the day that we never miss and that’s a big breakfast! We have every intention of passing this tradition on to Logan and from how much I have seen him eat, he’s going to fit right in with the rest of the Carpenter boys.
On Christmas morning, I am not exactly sure what most people eat for breakfast, but the day has to start somehow. I mean, digging through stockings and unwrapping presents can’t be done on an empty stomach and it's Christmas, so it had better be special. That means no bowls of cold cereal or thin slices of toast.
I always make the traditional scrambled eggs, bacon, silver dollar pancakes, grits and jelly toast. However, each year I like to try one new dish to create a memorable Christmas. I’d like to share some of our favorite recipes we’ve had through the years -- homemade cinnamon rolls, hash brown casserole, sausage pinwheels, cheesy garlic grits, cheese bacon and onion quiche, and orange scones, blueberry sauce and homemade honey butter.
It’s my hope that your Christmas traditions will create magical memories that will last a lifetime. Remember to view them through the eyes of a child because doing so, the magic stays eternal.
The Christmas Breakfast Recipes Follow This Post or can be pulled from the Archive ... November 2014
Recipes and Photos by Tracy Carpenter
Baker and Home Cook and Regular Contributor to
Lake Wedowee Life and Southern Holiday Life magazines.