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The Holidays are just around the corner and with just a little over a month until Christmas, it’s time for me to think about our Christmas morning traditions. When I was little my Nana always made a large pot of Menudo on Christmas Eve and we’d have a large bowl for breakfast after we opened our Christmas presents. She would serve pan dulce and Mexican hot chocolate for us to enjoy for dessert. Sometimes she’d even make her “famous” pumpkin pie and a batch of canela tea. The house always smelled wonderful, with the blend of the spices from the Menudo and the fresh cut Christmas tree.
Now that my Nana has passed, I have adopted the same Christmas morning traditions for my children. Each year we either have Menudo or Tamales on Christmas morning. Although we have elected to decorate artificial trees, I can still spread the alegría (Joy) of Christmas morning from my youth with Glade® Winter Collection Be at Peace™ candle which is the perfect blend of Balsam Fir & Juniper. It’s smells like a freshly cut Christmas Tree. I also like the Cherish the Present™ candle which is a good, old fashioned Apple Cinnamon scent.
Christmas Morning Brunch Ideas
It’s no secret that I love a good party, and I can’t think of a better reason to have a party than Christmas morning. I always set up a table for brunch that includes my favorite Mexican dishes from my childhood, plus a couple of my kids favorites treats. I like to keep the table simple; something like my Nana would create with traditional red, green and white linens and coordinating serve-ware.
Menudo is a traditional holiday dish in my family, served with oregano, cilantro, lime, onions and chili pepper. It is an acquired taste, so I’m thrilled my children love it as much as I do.
Pan Dulce is a family favorite; my mom always picks the little piggies, while I love the Conchas with my Mexican hot chocolate or atole.
My husband prefers cupcakes for dessert, so I always make sure we have a few on hand. Of course, I have to make some with red and green sprinkles!
Bright linens remind me of my Nana, she always had the prettiest embroidered dishcloths. She loved poinsettias and I always have them on my Christmas morning table in her memory.
My Nana collected broaches and these napkin rings remind me of her vast collection.
Some simple decorations can go a long way. Holly garland and Christmas Ball garland add a splash of green on the red and white fabric.
White Christmas trees are another family tradition. My husband is colorblind, so green trees look brown to him. I always make sure we have white trees that he can enjoy too.
Party Banner Tutorial
A simple paper banner adds texture and flair. Either cut your favorite scrapbook paper or download my free printable banner to hang on the table.
What you will need:
Free Printable Banner or Scrapbook Paper
Simply print the desired amount of panels and cut.
With the hole punch, add a hole in the corner of each panel. Next, string the panels on twine. Finally, hang the banner as your backdrop or in front of the table. It’s that easy!
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What are your Christmas morning traditions? I’d love to hear from you!