14 Special Breakfasts for Your Christmas Morning

   By savvyjulie  Dec 20, 2011

Do you open gifts before or after breakfast on Christmas morning?  In my parents' house, when the gifts have been unwrapped and the stockings unstuffed, it is time for a breakfast of fluffy scrambled eggs and sweet cinnamon rolls.  My husband and I have started a new tradition in our own home; we feast on frittatas and fresh biscuits before settling in front of the tree with mugs of hot chocolate to open our gifts.  

Whatever your traditions, Christmas morning calls for a festive breakfast!  If you don't want to take the time to cook, you can use some of the Smitten Kitchen's tips to prepare a make-ahead brunch.

Below, I've rounded up 14 of my favorite festive breakfast dishes from blogs across the web; some are suitable for make-ahead, others will require a bit of time in the morning.  Enjoy!

Apple Pecan Sticky Buns from Always with Butter
Brown Butter Winter Citrus Pancakes from Joy the Baker 
Caramelized Onion Bacon Frittata from Savvy Eats
Chocolate Gingerbread Granola from How Sweet It Is
Cinnamon Pecan Rolls from Bran Appetit

Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls from Two Peas and Their Pod
Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake from How Sweet It Is
Eggnog French Toast from Bell’alimento

Gingerbread Pancakes from Savvy Eats
Hot Chocolate Popovers from Joy the Baker
Maple Chip Waffles from My Baking Addiction
Nutella Pancakes from Bell-alimento
Panettone French Toast from Food Blogga
Pear Cranberry Walnut Bread from Shutterbean

What are your holiday breakfast traditions?

Photo credits: Eggnog Breakfast Crumble Crunch Cake from How Sweet It IsCinnamon Rolls from Two Peas and Their PodGingerbread Pancakes from Savvy Eats

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suzu2k by suzu2k | Green Cove Springs, FL
Dec 30, 2011

Can't wait to try the carmelized bacon onion frittata!

rhondar77 by rhondar77 | RAYNE, LA
Dec 30, 2011

i am going to try the hot chocolate popovers they sound really good

vanessa722 by vanessa722 | DORAL, FL
Dec 29, 2011

I want to try the nutella pancakes too!! It saound reaaly good!

rainaroo by rainaroo | CLAREMONT, CA
Dec 28, 2011

I really wanna make those nutella pancakes! yum :D

thriftyrocks by thriftyrocks | LANSING, MI
Dec 28, 2011

Why is every single recipe filled with flour here? Gluten free so I made a hash brown, sausage and cheese bake!

bulldog by bulldog | Syracuse, UT
Dec 28, 2011

Cant wait to try the cranberry orange cinnamon rolls

Deeishere by Deeishere | Kings Mountain, NC
Dec 23, 2011

The sticky buns look really yummy

wagarific918 by wagarific918 | Barnegat, NJ
Dec 22, 2011

The cranberry orange cinnamon rolls sound amazing!!

lovely11 by lovely11 | detroit, MI
Dec 22, 2011

I'm making pancakes and eggs, sausage

melissd1 by melissd1 | Colmbia, MD
Dec 22, 2011

Having just got out of a really bad relationship, I can plan for what can happen on Christmas morning with my family. This made me think of what I wanted Christmas morning to look like. I like how you eat breakfast then sit around with hot chocolates while opening gifts. I have a 6 years old son. I am not sure how long I will be able to hold him off from opening presents. This year is our first real Christmas. Thanks for your post!

JEM4612 by JEM4612 | HOFFMAN EST, IL
Dec 22, 2011

I can't wait to try the Gingerbread Pancakes!