For as long as I can remember, Christmas brunch has always been a big deal at our house, and the absolute must-have every year is my mom’s “Christmas morning casserole”.
On Christmas Eve, right after our big family dinner and after my brother and I would wriggle into our new jammies to read The Night Before Christmas with our parents, Mom would sneak into the kitchen for a few minutes to whip up the fixin’s for her breakfast casserole to chill overnight.
I don’t know how she did it.
After a big Christmas Eve dinner + chasing excited kids to bed + playing “Santa” with my dad until 1:00 am putting tiny plastic parts of toys together… I know now it had nothing to do with magic and everything to do with love (which really is the “true” kind of magic anyway, right?)
Nowadays, since Robert and I usually host Christmas morning at our house, I’ve learned a big lesson. Creating the Christmas “magic” is CRAZY hard work!
After chasing my excited kiddos to bed and going through the evening’s to-do list in my head, I pour over our family cookbook to make my mom’s Christmas morning casserole.
And then I think about her to silently thank her for the best Christmas mornings any little girl could ever want. That’s a lot of weight for one little breakfast tradition, but it’s always my reminder of home.
So I re-created our Christmas brunch over the weekend using items from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart to enjoy with Robert and the girls.
There’s something about becoming a mom yourself that makes you appreciate your own mom even more.
I decorated the kitchen shelves with fairy lights, mini trees, framed vintage art, and these spray painted little wax warmer houses.
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I dressed up the kitchen window with garland and a wreath using my DIY dried orange slices.
The corner of our countertop got a quick corral using a round basket to hold cooking essentials.
And I made my mom’s casserole in this baking dish from the cookbook she gifted me at Christmas when I turned 20. She typed up all of my favorite recipes and stuck them in the back of a Betty Crocker cookbook.
It’s the sweetest gift I’ve ever received to date, and I keep it right beside my grandmother’s cookbook that is overflowing with generations of handwritten recipes.
This year looks so very different for so many. I’m thankful for a small, quiet Christmas gathering with my parents who live just a few minutes away, but I know others who won’t have that chance this year.
While there are so many things I want to say, I know no words could ever take away that hurt.
Even if it’s making a fancy breakfast just for ourselves or baking cookies with just our small households this year, maybe that’s the beauty of tradition. They always have stories tied to them.
This year’s story won’t be big or with a lot of fanfare, but it’s definitely one for the books that we’ll remember when we’re reunited with our big family gatherings again. Because my gosh, it will happen.
If you need a simple gift idea to leave on neighbors’ doorsteps or ship to a sweet family member in the mail, I decided to put together this utensil holder, kitchen towels, wooden spoon, and Swedish pancake mix with lingonberries as an ode to one of our own family’s recipes.
Because apparently food = love here in 2020, right?!
Hang in there, y’all. We’re gonna make it. And if you need me, I’ll be over here eating my feelings with Christmas morning casserole, cinnamon rolls, and a mimosa bar. 😉
If you want to know about any of the sources I used in our kitchen, you can find them below:
- Mini house wax warmer
- Mini barn wax warmer
- Wooden cake plate
- Marble soap dispenser
- Glass soap dispenser
- White footed bowl
- White textured bowl
- White platter
- White baking dish
- Copper fairy lights
- Black coffee mugs
- Striped dish towels
- Wooden tray
- Round basket
- Utensil holder
- White pitcher
- Sugar/creamer set
- Gold picture frame
Wishing you a merry Christmas, friends! Cheers to the moms who make magic happen. If I could send you a big heaping helping of Christmas casserole, I totally would.