Make Christmas morning hassle-free with make-ahead recipes you can tackle the night before, or luxuriate in something a little special to start the festivities early.

Christmas is a time for terrible movies, really great food, and creating your own traditions. Whether that’s starting the day with presents and French toast in bed, or last-minute wrapping with scones within reach, these Christmas brunch ideas will start the day off right.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Leave your uncooked cinnamon rolls in the fridge on Christmas eve, and cook them in the morning to fill your home with mouthwatering smells. Be sure to add your glaze while they’re still warm for gooey authenticity.

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Quinoa Breakfast Hash Browns

Grated potatoes and quinoa, cooked in a little butter and garnished with chopped green onions. A simple, hearty Christmas breakfast that’ll give you the energy you need for the day.

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Sophie's Jeweled Granola

A healthy and colorful granola that’s packed with flavor is always a welcome sight. This make-ahead recipe is for a nice big batch; serve with yogurt and a drizzle of honey for a low-maintenance cold Christmas brunch.

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Sweet Cardamom Bread

One of our favorite festive bread recipes. Based on a traditional Finnish pulla recipe, this bread delivers a gentle cardamom flavor. It also makes heavenly french toast or bread pudding.

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Eggs in Purgatory

When it comes to the best Christmas brunch for a crowd, you can’t go wrong with eggs gently poached in a fiery tomato sauce. Scale the recipe quantities up or down in Drop Recipes to suit your numbers, and serve with toasted sourdough.

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Pears and Blueberries with Thyme and Dates

Saving up valuable stomach real estate for turkey and ham? When you have the main event to look forward to later in the day, this grown-up fruit salad is the perfect light Christmas breakfast.

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Christmas Breakfast Casserole

Follow these steps from The Pioneer Woman as a base to make the perfect Christmas breakfast casserole. This flexible make-ahead recipe needs time to allow the liquid to soak into the bread, so make this recipe on Christmas Eve.

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Bacon Mushroom Frittata

Easy to make and great for feeding a crowd! As it’s such an easily customized recipe, a frittata is also a clever option for breakfast the day after to use up the leftover meat and veg from dinner.

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Cranberry and Orange Scones

A lovely, light Christmas breakfast that’s super easy to make. Quick and fragrant scones with a delicate texture. Filled with tart juicy cranberries, orange zest, and orange blossom water for extra flavor. Serve these buttered and drizzled with honey for a flavor you’ll look forward to every year.

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Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

This fool-proof make-ahead recipe from Minimalist Baker is a staple cold breakfast idea. Simply assemble 5 wholesome ingredients the night before and add your toppings on Christmas morning.

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Date and Chikoo Smoothie

This is your I-don’t-have-time-for-breakfast breakfast. If Christmas morning is a blur of presents, visitors and trying to get the kids dressed, this to-go recipe is perfect for sipping on.

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French Toast

Our version of French toast uses thick slices of day-old brioche to make Christmas brunch extra special. French toast takes kindly to a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a handful of berries.

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