As much as I love to cook, I do not want to spend Christmas morning (or afternoon for that matter) in front of a hot stove. And if you’re celebrating Hanukkah, which overlaps with Christmas this year, I’m sure you feel the same. Not when there are gifts to be unwrapped, Instagrams to be snapped, and hours and hours of A Christmas Story to be watched while snuggling. (That’s totally how it’s going to go, right?)

That said, I want a deliciously decadent breakfast to kick things off — for myself as much as for my family! So I went on the hunt for make ahead holiday breakfast recipes and found these absolutely amazing looking dishes that you can prepare ahead of time. Perfect so that you can relax and enjoy whatever you celebrate in style.

Top: Cheese and Bacon Hash Brown Muffins at Recipe Tin Eats | Overnight Buckwheat Cashew Parfait at A House in the Hills

Related: The one genius shortcut that make these 7 amazing holiday dinner recipes even easier.

Prep ahead holiday breakfasts: Can't wait to try this classy, protein-packed Breakfast Strata with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese & Thyme at Feasting at Home.

This Breakfast Strata with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Thyme is totally speaking my language. The language of amazing flavor, rich egg, and no last minute work required. This one’s a keeper. Thanks, Sylvia at Feasting at Home.

 

Prep ahead holiday breakfasts: I'm amazed by these Skinny Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns at Amy's Healthy Baking!

Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns. Does it get any better than that? It turns out yes, yes it does, because the full title is Skinny Slow Cooker Sticky Pecan Buns. I don’t know how she does it (well, the skim milk and whole wheat flour probably help), but I’m just happy that Amy’s Healthy Baking gifted us with this little holiday  miracle.

Related: 6 more stellar make ahead holiday breakfast recipes so you can feast AND relax on Christmas morning.

 

Prep ahead holiday breakfasts: Give your strata a fun twist with this Chrorizo and Red Pepper Strata at Something New for Dinner.

I always find that chorizo takes recipes to the next level, and this Chorizo and Red Pepper Strata at Something New for Dinner looks like the perfect update to your traditional egg and bread breakfast.

 

Prep ahead holiday breakfasts: Hit pause on the heavy stuff and try out this gorgeous Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing. | Julia's Album

Okay, as much as I love indulging on the holidays, I also like to throw in a little something light like this beautiful Winter Fruit Salad with Maple-Lime Dressing at Julia’s Album. The only thing you might want to consider chopping on the morning-of are the apples.

Related: 5 easy cookie recipes for Santa. Or you. Or anyone on the nice list.

Prep ahead holiday breakfasts: These Cheesy Wonton Breakfast Cups are perfect for busy holiday mornings--or any morning for that matter. | The Gourmet RD

I really like the use of crispy wontons in these Cheesy Wonton Breakfast Cups at The Gourmet RD. Such a fun twist! Plus, they’re portable so you can make them part of the meal or pass them around while present opening and movie watching are happening.

 

Prep ahead holiday breakfast: Try this Overnight Buckwheat Cashew Parfait at A House in the Hills for a light, yet festive, treat.

Okay, one more effort at injecting some nutrition into your holiday festivities. But don’t worry: I wouldn’t recommend anything that doesn’t taste great. Try this Overnight Buckwheat Cashew Parfait at A House in the Hills for a colorful, light, delicious alternative.

 

Prep ahead holiday breakfast: Don't skimp on the good stuff. Make this Cheese and Bacon Hash Brown Muffins at Recipe Tin Eats the night before and reap all the benefits the next day!

And you were worried that I’d forget about bacon and hash browns. Au contraire, my friends. Just saving these fantastic-looking Cheese and Bacon Hash Brown Muffins at Recipe Tin Eats for last, so you can take 2016 out with a bang…of deliciousness.

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