Christmas mornings are some of my favorite childhood memories. Our house was usually filled throughout the entire day with neighbors, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends that were like family. My grandparents would drive down from Rocky Mount, Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. My dad would have Vanessa Williams’ version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” blaring through the speakers, although it was most likely a balmy 65 degrees in Houston. An aroma of coffee, country ham and fried apples would seep into my bedroom. Christmas morning breakfast was such a cheerful time.
Now that I’m older, it’s all about brunch. No one’s waking up at the crack of dawn to open presents. After playing Santa all night, we’re all about mid-morning mimosas and coffee.
This holiday season, I hosted my mom, mom-in-law, aunts and family friends over for a holiday brunch. I made shrimp and grits, fried apples, and a vegetable frittata. Breakfast pastries and mixed berries were also served.
As my family and friends arrived, I greeted them with a mimosa. And we enjoyed the company and time to catch up.
My mom spent her birthday out of the country with friends. And so, I surprised her by having everyone celebrate over a rum cake that I baked. Here’s to hoping my festivities inspire you during this holiday season. Merry Christmas!
Photography by Alix Loosle