christmas morning with a twist | fridays with oscar

the countdown has begun:  six days before Christmas.  hopefully you’ve purchased your gifts; stocked your fridges; and your family is on their way.  and since we won’t see you before that big day on fridays with oscar, we thought we’d celebrate a bit early. as you know, fridays with oscar are always about comfy casual:  a cozy outfit, a good meal, and of course, a cocktail to kick the weekend off right.  today we’re going very cozy with comfy Christmas morning pajamas.  

and if you don’t have your holiday menu planned, we’ve got you covered.  i’m pulling out an old family favorite today—a recipe i’ve made for the past 25 or so odd years.  my kiddos love it, and i think you will too.  so sit back, relax, and let that holiday dissipate.  after all, it’s Friday gang!   

outfit of the day: comfy Christmas morning pajamas

i don’t know about you, but Christmas morning (and day for that matter) is about lounging:  lounging in pajamas.  to that end, i’ve pulled this classic pajama set, turtleneck and camp socks from J.Crew.  what i love about these pajamas is that, while they are Christmas-y, they’re perfectly appropriate for the entire winter season.  if you’re loving them as much as i am, there are still sales and deals to be had at J.Crew, so make sure to head over there for any last minute shopping.  

pajama set | turtleneck | camp socks 

entree: breakfast sausage & egg casserole

Christmas brunch is a staple in our house.  we’ve been doing it for years, and we’ll do it again this year.  if you’re looking for some last minute ideas, you’ve come to the right place.  today, i’m featuring my kiddos favorite brunch dish:  breakfast sausage & egg casserole. 

per usual, it’s super easy to make and feeds a crowd.  of course you can substitute the sausage for meat of your choice or go without.  and some veggies and put your own twist on it.  no matter what you do, it’s gonna be yummy.  after all, how can you go wrong with an egg and cheese base.  

Breakfast Sausage & Egg casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  2. 8 eggs
  3. 1 cup cheddar cheese
  4. 2 1/2 cups milk
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  7. 6 slices white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in sausage. Cook and stir until sausage is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  2. Beat eggs in a large bowl; stir in milk, salt, and mustard. Fold bread cubes, cheddar cheese, and sausage into egg mixture. Pour into lightly greased 7x11-inch baking dish. Cover and refirgerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove casserole from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
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tablescape: spode china 

when putting together a Christmas tablescape, i try to stick with the classics:  Spode Christmas china.  i’ve put my own slight twist and deviated a bit this year with some plaid placemats, holiday napkins and napkin rings from Pier 1.  how are you doing your Christmas tablescape this year?  let me know in the comments below. red pinecone goblets are from Williams Sonoma.

red pinecone glasses | placemats | napkin rings | napkins | spode dinnerware 

cocktail:  bloody mary & mimosa bar 

i never want to overcomplicate Christmas brunch.  i try to stick with the basics and/or classics.  if you like a boozy brunch, then keep it simple this year with a Bloody Mary and mimosa bar.  Bloody Mary’s are easy to concoct with a ready-to-serve mix like Mr. & Mrs. T and vodka.  and it’s easy to set up a bar for guests that include individual servings of orange juice and champagne for Mimosa’s.  

there’s no one right way to make a Bloody Mary.  but here are some condiment ideas to include in your bar: 
  • pickled okra,
  • pickles
  • martini olives
  • lemon wedges
  • pepper
  • hot sauce
  • celery
  • Worcestershire
  • jalapeños.

well, that’s a wrap gang!  from oscar, myself, junior style, and Kelly, we’re all wishing you a wonderful holiday week.  enjoy this time with good food, drink, friends and family.  we’re just happy we can be a small part of your Christmas morning.  

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34 Comments

  1. Cheryl wrote:

    Dear Beth,
    Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.
    I know it will be a difficult one this year, but may the memories of Mr. Style carry you all through the holiday.
    Sending hugs and love and thanks for a wonderful fashion blog.
    Here’s to 2020, and the start of a new decade!
    Cheryl Owens, Roswell, GA

    Posted 12.20.19
    • thank you so much, cheryl! wishing you a very merry christmas to you and yours.

      Posted 12.20.19
    • Cyndi wrote:

      Those jammies are so darn cute and festive. I just checked their price- wow – unbelievable! Wishing you comfort with your family…Hugs from California.

      Posted 12.20.19
      • Julie Mycock wrote:

        Hi Beth, thank you for sharing your Christmas morning with us, everything looks lovely except for the Bloody Mary cocktail, just not my bag but I will have no problem finding an alternative cocktail to have. The Spode looks lovely, we live around four miles from where it originated but sadly no longer as it’s all being made abroard. We were close to Spode, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood.
        Wishing you and your family plus Oscar and Ollie too a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays, as Cheryl wrote it will be a difficult one but Mr Style will be with you in spirit. Love and big hugs from Julie and hubby Graham from England xx

        Posted 12.20.19
        • Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

          A blessed Christmas to you and your beautiful family, Beth. May the love we all have for you be sweet this season. Thanks again for sharing yourself with us!

          Posted 12.20.19
          • thanks so much, sylvia! wishing you a very merry christmas to you and yours.

            Posted 12.21.19
        • thanks so much, julie! wishing you and graham a very merry christmas.

          Posted 12.21.19
      • the pj’s are on sale so the price might be more palatable. wishing you a very merry christmas.

        Posted 12.21.19
  2. Linda Lennon wrote:

    I would make a similar egg dish when my children were young; serve with croissants and everyone was happy. My table this year highlighted the Pier One runner that was a black/white buffalo check on one side that reversed to the red/black. I mixed it with some black/white/red checkered napkins from Home Goods and black/white placemats from Hobby Lobby. Those pj’s are perfect for Christmas morning! Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

    Posted 12.20.19
    • i have that same runner! i love it. and use it long after christmas with the black and white buffalo checks. your tablescape sounds adorable! i can never get enough of black and white whether it’s on my table or body. wishing you a very merry christmas to you and yours.

      Posted 12.20.19
  3. Johanna Ducker wrote:

    Hi Beth!
    Are the red water glasses on the table from Pier One? They are so pretty!
    Also, can you tell me about the pitcher that is also on the table? Is it from Spode as well? Thanks, and Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    Posted 12.20.19
    • hi johanna! no, the red pinecone goblets are from Williams Sonoma. and, yes, the pitcher is Spode as well. but years old as most of my collection is. happy holidays to you and yours.

      Posted 12.20.19
  4. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, thank you for sharing your Christmas morning with us, everything looks yummy except for the Bloody Mary cocktail, just not my bag but I will have no trouble finding an alternative cocktail to have. The Spode is lovely, we live about 4 miles from where it originated but sadly no longer as it’s all being made abroard. We were very close to Spode, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood.
    Wishing you and your family plus Oscar & Ollie a very Merry Christmas and happy ho!idays. It will be a difficult one but as Cheryl wrote Mr Style will be with you in spirit and carry you through.
    Love and hugs from Julie and hubby Graham from England xx

    Posted 12.20.19
  5. Beverly M Labosky wrote:

    What’s your ratio on vodka to your Mr. & Mrs. T mix? Is the mix spicy or do you have to add to it? Sounds like something I want to add to our Christmas Day breakfast.

    Posted 12.20.19
    • the tumblers are large so the ratio is 2 ounces vodka then fill the rest of the glass with Mr. & Mrs. T. there is a spicy version of the mix available as well as the original. but you can add anything and everything afterward to suit your taste. i’m happy with just the mix and vodka.

      Posted 12.21.19
  6. Lin wrote:

    Wishing you the Merriest of Christmas and a New Year full of bright promise and joyful experiences. I only just discovered you in 2019 and look forward to journeying with you into the third decade of the 2000s. (Didn’t we just make that huge transition for 1900s to 2000s? It seems like it!)

    Posted 12.20.19
    • it seems like we were partying like it was 1999! where does the time disappear. merry christmas to you and yours, lin.

      Posted 12.21.19
  7. leu2500 wrote:

    The casserole recipe is an oldie but goody. I learned a twist this year though. If you don’t mix the cheese in with the custard, but sprinkle it on top of the casserole, you’ll get a wonderful souffle-like texture.

    Merry Xmas to you & your family at what I know must be a difficult time.

    Posted 12.20.19
    • thanks for sharing that tip! and thank you for your sweet words. merry christmas!

      Posted 12.21.19
  8. Cindy J. wrote:

    Beth, sending you our thoughts and prayers for peace during what must be a difficult holiday season. You address it all with class but still wanted you to know that we are still sending loving thoughts. The pj’s are adorable and Oscar looks as handsome as ever! I made a quilted table runner this year and just have a simple white pitcher wrapped with jute and rusty bells and filled with fresh greens as my centerpiece. Merry Christmas from Pennsylvania!💕

    Posted 12.20.19
    • the table runner sounds lovely as does your tablescape. wishing you and yours a very merry christmas!

      Posted 12.21.19
  9. Francesca wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    I have just come across your blog and I just love it!! My Christmas will be reading all your posts and catching up, thank you for such a wonderful site. It is a real pleasure each morning reading your posts, thank you for the time and energy and generosity it takes.
    I know it is going to be a hard Christmas this year for you and yours, so sending you lots of support and hugs.
    May 2020 be a excellent year for you all.

    Posted 12.20.19
    • thanks so much, francesca! i’m so happy you can catch up with our content. that’s the best part of blogs – archives! wishing you a very merry christmas.

      Posted 12.21.19
  10. Great pjs . Have a wonderful Christmas Beth! The best possible! You’ve brought a lot of valuable info, style, and wisdom to our lives! Thank you.

    Posted 12.20.19
    • i’m so happy to hear you are finding inspiration, paulette! merry christmas.

      Posted 12.21.19
  11. Dora Renata Pala wrote:

    Gentile Signora anche per la mia piccola famiglia non sarà un Natale sereno mancherà una persona molto amata…. Faremo del nostro meglio ma sarà molto faticoso. Auguri a lei e i suoi splendidi ragazzi

    Posted 12.20.19
    • mi dispiace molto per la tua perdita. è difficile andare avanti senza una persona cara. ma se facciamo un passo alla volta continueremo ad andare avanti tenendoli sempre vicini al nostro cuore. buon Natale.

      Posted 12.21.19
  12. Susan wrote:

    Dear Beth, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love the pj’s and your beautiful table. Your posts are the best and I thank you for sharing your style and life. Wishing you all A Happy New Year as this very sad year ends. You are an inspiration and I thank you. Susan, Long Island, New York

    Posted 12.20.19
    • you are so very kind, susan. thank you for your sweet words. and thank you for following along with us here at Style at a Certain Age. merry christmas.

      Posted 12.21.19
  13. Klandi wrote:

    ‘Tis the season to be tartan! Merry Christmas, Beth! Share all your happy memories of Mr. Style with your family. Many years ago, I lost my father the week before Christmas and a few years later, my mother passed away unexpectedly the week before Thanksgiving. But remembering the good times with both of them with people who also loved them really helped.

    Posted 12.20.19
    • holidays can be challening whether we’re experiencing loss or not. thank you for the reminder to focus on all of the good times we shared with mr. style for 35 years. merry christmas, klandi.

      Posted 12.21.19
  14. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    Sounds like a great way to start the morning. I often like a strata-style dish as it’s so easy to do ahead and still have a yummy meal in no time. Lets the chef enjoy and be part of the festivities. This one looks good! I like it in the round dish! And pj’s sound excellent. We actually purchased a few of those J Crew pj’s for a daughter-in-law. So cute. I know you’ll be having your first Christmas without Mr Style, so I’m glad to know you’ll have family surrounding you. Merry Christmas to your gang! Here’s to a beautiful year ahead for us all.

    Posted 12.20.19
    • thanks so much sue for your kind words. merry christmas to you and yours.

      Posted 12.21.19
  15. Pat wrote:

    Happy happy Christmas to you and your family.

    Posted 12.21.19

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