It's the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, I truly believe that. Christmas is a great time for making memories and remembering old traditions. We thought we spend this week sharing a few of our favorites, including the recipes for our favorite dishes we look forward to each Christmas!
Favorite childhood Christmas tradition(s):
We went to a Christmas tree farm and cut down our own tree. The hunt for the tree and the hayride were fun, but the best part was getting it home and decorating it as a family. We'd turn the lights down and turn up the Christmas music, and it was like my own little heaven. I also loved having a mini tree of my own to decorate in my room. I'd fall asleep each night just staring at the lights. I can't wait for my girls to get to do the same.
Favorite new tradition:
We attend the candlelight service on Christmas Eve and go driving around looking at lights and listening to Christmas music as a family afterward. It's truly a night of lights! There's not much more beautiful than being in a room full of candlelight with everyone around lifting their voices to the King. I also want to start hosting a Wrapping Party for me and my friends to get together and enjoy food, drinks and making our family's presents look beautiful.
Favorite Christmas movie:
Prancer, circa 1989. I still like to watch it every year. The small town living, childhood love of Christmas that Jessica has, the cleaning up of the old lady's attic (weird I know, but I seriously LOVE cleaning out and organizing other people's spaces), restoring Christmas joy to so many and of course a sweet reindeer---ahhh what's not to love?
Favorite decorating tip:
Pick a color or theme and run with it, from the ornaments to the wrapping--keeping a similar palette helps everything be cohesive for a well-thought-out look. Also, incorporate lights in indoor decor wherever you can. Everything looks more magical when it's glowing :)
Christmas morning we always had a yummy breakfast on my mom's Christmas china consisting of cinnamon rolls, bacon, grits and and breakfast casserole to name a few. I now make the breakfast casserole for my family as well, and I love that it can be made the day before and just popped in the oven the next morning. There's enough going on Christmas morning to worry about any major baking!
1 pound sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage)
2 cups milks
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard (optional)
8 slices white bread, cut off crust and cut into 1/2 cubes-scissors or a pizza cutter work great
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Black pepper, to taste
In a skillet, brown and crumble sausage; drain and set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs; add milk, salt and mustard. Place bread cubes in bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Add cheese and then cooked sausage. Pour egg mixture on top. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!