Due to a camera malfunction (okay, I forgot to charge the battery) this iPhone shot is one of the only photos I have of my boys from last Christmas.
So it seems fitting that it’s one in which they’re wearing their Christmas PJs.
Actually, now that I think about it, even if I’d taken 180 pictures they would be in their PJs in every one. Christmas pajamas are one of our family’s longest-lasting and most treasured holiday traditions.
It begins on Christmas Eve, when we get home from candlelight church services and then a pizza dinner out with my brother and his family.
I dole out the packages, and the kids tear into them with glee.
There’s another gift, too; something special for all of us to enjoy together on Christmas Eve – cocoa, special popcorn, a board game or puzzle – but I think the kids like their pajamas best. They seem to signal that this Christmas thing is really happening and that we are that much closer to bedtime, which means we’re that much closer to wake-up-and-storm-the-tree time.
On Christmas day, the new pajamas seem to symbolize our attitude: relaxed, without agendas or commitments. We rarely leave the house on Christmas day, and haven’t ventured out for any kind of pre-arranged obligation in over a decade. It’s just our day to sit at home: quiet, low-key, together, warm and snuggly in our new sleeping duds, which we usually keep on all day.
Another of my favorite things about buying PJs as a gift? You can really tailor them to your kids’ personalities. Since they don’t have to worry about looking “cool” or pulled-together while in bed or lounging around the house, you’re free to match a silly personality with silly nightwear, or honor a TV show obsession or recent experience.
We almost always buy our kids’ Christmas PJs at Target, who’s sponsoring this post (& the giveaway below!) The Cherokee line is great for snuggly, reasonably-priced pajamas, and they even have some footie jammies (the preferred style of my oh-so-ironically-cool teens.) Here are the options I’m looking at for the kids this year:
My teenage sons Jacob (15) and Isaac (13) are really, really attached to their fuzzy footed pajamas. The first year we got them, it was sort of a joke (they were 11 and 13 at the time; it seemed a little old!)
But they couldn’t deny their ultimate comfort, and I think secretly they liked dressing like little guys again, even if just at night. In fact, when the temps start dropping, the boys will often lurk around when I’m folding laundry at bedtime, hoping for a set of warm-from-the-dryer fleece footies.
Since it’s not always easy to dress teenage kids like, well, kids, I was excited to find these Circo PJs in sizes all the way up to 16/18. I figure that, since part of the fun of the footy PJs is the “little boy look” part, I’ll go for these preschool-esque dinosaur prints.
These Cherokee jammies look soft and comfy, but have a bit of “cool” edge – perfect for my nine-year-old doesn’t-think-he’s-a-little-boy-but-still-believes-in-Santa son, William.
My littlest guy, Owen, is just 7, but he won’t be into “character” PJs too much longer. He’s a huge Ninjago fan, so I know these will make him happy!
Clara is 3 1/2, and after our trip to Disney World last month, she’s obsessed with princesses. For some reason, flimsy, filmy nightgowns give me the willies (I must have a bad childhood memory involving a hangnail or something) but I can get behind this sturdy, soft two-piece fleece set. Princesses and comfort: now that’s what I call a Christmas compromise.
What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? Do you give pajamas as a gift like us?
Do you keep your family festively stylish during the holidays? We’re giving away three $50 Target giftcards to brighten the season! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on this post with a personal tip on how you dress your children conveniently — and with style — during the holidays!