One of my favorite recent questions I’ve received for Magpie Mail: what is your Christmas morning menu? For the past many years, we have spent Christmas morning in transit from my parents’ to Mr. Magpie’s. Even though they live only twenty minutes from one another, Christmas morning has always seemed a little harried — quickly packing, opening stockings with my parents, scarfing down an English muffin, kissing everyone goodbye, and hurrying out the door to celebrate the holiday across Chain Bridge. Mr. Magpie has been advocating for Christmas morning at home, as a nuclear family, one year soon. I think that year might be next year, as mini will be nearly four (!) next Christmas and I think things will start to click for her. I am fairly confident we’ll celebrate the occasion with one or several of the following recipes:
*We always bake ours in the oven at 375 for about 30 minutes. We now have a quirky process where we’ll crinkle up sheets of foil and lay the strips across (never over-crowded!) so the grease can drip off the bacon and it always turns out perfectly. All of the best bacon in the world, I’m convinced, comes from old-school butchers in Chicago, IL. We loved the bacon at Gepperth’s and Paulina Meat Market back when we lived out there.
**These are the only waffles I will ever make. THEY ARE SO GOOD. THEY ARE RIDICULOUS. THEY ARE THE BEST THINGS YOU WILL EVER EAT. I have this waffle iron, and it works beautifully. More of my favorite recipes here and here, and my favorite kitchen gear here.
Of course, you will need adorable Christmas jammies to complete the moment. For myself, I am loving Lake Pajamas, a classic poplin pajama set in a fun wintry print, or a new pair of “dreamy” jams from J. Crew (I own several pairs of their “dreamy” pants and they are just the best).
For little ones…
THESE STUNNING TARTAN NIGHTIES FROM DANIEL + SOFIA (SEEN ABOVE)
THIS SANTA PRINT NIGHTGOWN ($10!)
P.P.S. Not exactly sleepwear, but if you have a baby, a Christmas-oriented coverall/playsuit is a great idea for holiday travel days when you want them comfortable but warm. I have been obsessed with these ones from Little English for micro and have bought him a new pair in every new size he hits. The softest cotton! Also love this nutcracker pair (currently 30% off!).