So many things pinned but left undone! I guess the only thing to do is eat fantastic food and wait for Santa to arrive.
I'm a fancy breakfast and brunch fan when I'm making something nice for my family or a crowd. It's easier to make larger quantities of breakfast casseroles - some even prepped the night before - and there's not a chance that I'll undercook some big turkey or something. Less stress and liability is what I'm all about (still an attorney, even in the kitchen).
So I have my fabulous standard breakfast casserole from Bran Appitit.
I was able to construct it fairly quickly as the boys waited to start the festivities, and it baked while we opened gifts. The 9X13 dish I used required some stacking of the cinnamon roll pieces, but that didn't affect the results. It was also possible to slice the rolls in stacks of three or four pretty cleanly, so don't cut them one at a time. It was delicious with coffee while I watched the boys examine their loot, and a great cap to our Christmas.
I've convinced Son One that Santa does early and late routes for the kids who will be traveling on Christmas day. Santa's a great old guy, but he can't do it all in one night, which is why he has helpers everywhere taking pictures and buying for the less fortunate. Tempering the myth hasn't dampened Son Two's enthusiasm. Indeed, the random gifts Santa brings are sometimes breakout hits! One year he got the boys a disco light, which often comes out for an impromptu party, and this year, the bath bombs with trinkets inside have already been tested and approved.
My husband got us steaks for Christmas, which coordinates perfectly with the cheese board I got for my birthday.
(Not my actual steak)
I hope everyone has a lovely time filled with joy, mimosas, cream cheese icing, and love.
A little shepherd being "sore afraid." Those summer acting classes paid off!