This year, for the first time ever, we will be hosting Christmas at our house rather than going to one of our parents’ houses. Ever since I moved out of my parents house I’ve always tried to go there every Christmas with the exception of years when we’ve visited Tom’s parents. I absolutely love being at home (I probably shouldn’t still call my parents’ house home still after 14 years of living elsewhere!) as it just feels so cosy and happy, but it does always feel like a shame to pack up our things a few days before Christmas and not come back until New Year’s.
So this year my parents and brother will be coming to us (our tiny, two-bedroom cottage will never have been so full!) and we will be cooking Christmas dinner. I actually don’t love roast dinners but of course there will always be a special place in my heart for a Christmas lunch (eaten at 5pm of course). However, the one meal I do love at Christmas, is breakfast (or brunch by the time you’ve opened presents and stuffed yourself full of chocolate). We’ve had a tradition since I was young of having croissants, pastries and Bucks Fizz for brunch on Christmas Day and this year will be no exception. Tom is off work this week and is in charge of the Christmas food shop (eek!) so I’ve already asked him to stock up on Brioche Pasquier ‘croissants au buerre’ as they are my absolute favourite.
For our Christmas brunch we’ll be having croissants (we also often have croissants with bacon and cheese – yum yum!), pain au chocolat, toast piled high with jam, steaming cups of coffee (green tea for me!) and plenty of glasses of Bucks Fizz! This is always enjoyed with Christmas songs playing in the background and usually the dogs running around and frantically tearing up wrapping paper. I love that moment when I can smell the croissants baking in the oven and I know I can just relax and get into the Christmas spirit.
We usually save a few presents until after breakfast too so we can make the present-opening last a little longer (though the temptation is to tear open everything immediately, I always feel a little sad when everything is opened by 9am!)
What are your Christmas Day breakfast routines?
*Post in collaboration with Brioche Pasquier