This post is co-written by Angela Gast and Michelle McVitte.
These cute little Christmas Santa pancakes are a fun treat we make in the days leading up to Christmas.
Are you feeling the pressure of the holidays?
My friend Michelle McVittie, author of "I Quit! Oh wait, I'm the mom" has a few words for you that might help you let go and have a little fun. Here's what she has to say:
Take a break from the rules and have some fun!
Life as a child is full of fun, whimsy and silliness. As adults we tend to be too serious and ridged with the rules. I challenge you to let that go for a day for, an hour or at least one meal! Why not have some fun with a holiday breakfast? Do you remember what it was like to be a child?
We should be taking our children’s ability to have fun and relax as a constant reminder that life is meant to be lived. Meal time is a great place to reconnect with your family. I like to play the high and low game. Everyone shares one good thing and one bad thing that happened that day. It opens up conversation and gives each family member an opportunity to share how one bad thing in the day didn’t take away from the good things that happened.
I created holiday place cards to open up conversation, laugh and be silly as child again. Make up elf names or keep the names the same, it’s up to you. Fill in funny facts on the back of the cards to make it more interesting. Ask questions, be creative. Use this with adults or children or both, get everyone involved. Have a happy holiday season. Collect moments, not things. This is the stuff that your children will remember, not what gift they got. -Michelle McVittie
Set the tone for silly time with these fun printable place cards
Michelle created these printable holiday-themed place cards so that I could share them with you all! You can download them free but please check out her shop where she sells other printables related to self-care as a mom, worksheets for helping kids work through their emotions, chore charts and more!
How to make Christmas pancakes that look like Santa!
If you're short on time, you can use frozen pancakes. You can even use a waffle. Anything flat and round will do. I've included our recipe for homemade pancakes below if you have the time to make them from scratch.
Christmas morning is usually too busy so we make these pancakes in the days leading up to the holiday itself.
That darn Elf
Need ideas for your elf? These fun Santa pancakes are something fun your Elf can make as a surprise! Need more elf ideas? Get ideas here!
To make these adorable Christmas Santa pancakes. All you need is a red fruit (strawberries, raspberries or a red apple will work), whipped cream and chocolate chips.
Christmas morning breakfast
Since the kids are all about the presents firs things in the morning, so there's no time for cooking Christmas morning! We actually make this Cinnamon French Toast Bake on Christmas morning — yummy, quick and easy!)
These Christmas Santa pancakes were featured on South Your Mouth!
Christmas Santa Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 ¼ cups buttermilk or milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Extras: Chocolate chips, apple or strawberry slices or raspberries, whipped cream and syrup
- 2 red apples or other red fruit
- 4 chocolate chips
- Canned whipped cream
- Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix together then add remaining ingredients.
- Spoon batter into greased flat pan over medium heat. Add chocolate chips and sprinkles then flip. Cook each side until golden brown.
- Cut the top edge of the pancake if needed to fit the "hat" on santa. Make the hat out of sliced apples or another red fruit of choice, add whipped cream and chocolate chips eye, and enjoy!
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