Growing up, Christmas morning was a mad affair for our family. Excited children plus presents plus the ubiquitous box of See’s Candy produced a somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Sure, Dad eventually cooked up a pan of Lil’ Smokies and there was usually an orange in the toe of the stocking. But, for the most part, breakfast consisted of a sugar high.
I still enjoy my traditional See’s Candy on Christmas morn, but I’ve tried to make the morning’s caloric intake a tad bit healthier. In the early years when there was just one FishBoy, we were able to cook a full breakfast and eat it before even tackling the stockings. But, over the years, eagerness has trumped appetites more times than not.
A few years ago I established the tradition of filling the stockings with breakfast. Here are some of last year’s stocking stuffers:
(OK, the sugar cereal probably wasn’t the healthiest of all breakfasts, but rest assured this year’s stash features free samples of Bare Naked Granola and Kashi cereal.)
Breakfast in a stocking is a great way to mix fun nutrition into the morning’s activities. I love giving my kids carte blanche to eat whatever they find.
Breakfast in a Stocking
- granola bars
- individual, boxed cereal
- dried fruit
- juice boxes
- oranges, clementines, and apples
- small packages of crackers
- nuts, nut clusters, trail mix
Once the flying wrapping paper settles, we have Second Breakfast. We are, after all hobbits.
What does your Christmas Breakfast look like?