No two families celebrate Christmas in the exact same way. Do you save all presents for Christmas morning or open one the night before? Plastic tree or a natural one you’ve cut by hand? Turkey or ham for the big holiday dinner? Most likely, your answers to these questions were handed down to you by your parents and their parents before them, and there’s nothing wrong with keeping up old habits, but creating some new ones can be just as fun! Put your own personal spin on the celebration this Christmas by starting a brand-new tradition the whole family will love and look forward to every holiday season. And what tradition is this, you ask?
Nothing brings a family together quite like a set of matching pajamas! Not only is this a great way to get warm and cozy on Christmas Eve, everyone also ends up with a new set of jammies that they can wear for years to come (or at least until the kids inevitably grow out of them!) Encourage the kiddos to put on their new comfy pjs before watching a Christmas movie, leaving cookies out for Santa, or whatever your family usually does that exciting night, then surprise them by wearing matching pajamas of your own! If you aren’t feeling identical jammies for everyone, try matching nightgowns for the ladies of the house and men’s flannel pajamas for the guys. This might appeal more to the reluctant teens in the family who find the whole matching aspect a little cringeworthy. Cringey or not, the family photos you take in your stylish Christmas Eve garb will be sure to be a hit with all family and friends!
In order to make sure everyone in the family is sleeping soundly that night, you might want to try coordinating sleepwear instead of matching. Not everyone wants the fuzzy warmth that fleece provides, nor does everyone want to be kept cool by their jammies during those cold winter nights. Let your loved ones know you’re always thinking of them by picking out pajamas that speak to their individual styles and comfort needs. Flannel pajamas are a must for the ones who are always snuggled under a blanket. For the guy that radiates heat like a furnace, try some jersey knit sleep pants that will keep him cool all night long. The little girls in the group will love a flowy nightgown that makes them feel like winter princesses! Don’t be afraid to vary the individual pieces in your matching pajama look. You can easily coordinate all of these styles for your family photos by picking colors around a shared color scheme or adding pieces of a common pattern to all looks, like plaid slippers. You might like that even more than the identical look!
Another easy way for each member of the family to share their individual style is through their nighttime accessories. Cozy up your look with a warm fleece robe that you can easily slip on before dashing downstairs to see what Santa brought this year. Always a victim to cold feet? Grab a comfy set of house slippers that will keep your toes warm and cozy all winter long. With so many styles and colors available, you are sure to find something that both fits your family pajamas and your own personal style at the same time. And don’t forget the kids! It might be hard getting them to pick just one of the kids’ slippers designs but convincing them to wear those slippers will be the easiest thing you do all winter.
Now that everyone is dressed up in their cozy new jammies, snap a picture of the group! Do this every year and, in no time, you’ll have a lovely little photo album full of memories to flip through every holiday season. It’s a great way to document how the kids of the family are growing and will make a good gift for grandparents or family members who might not get to see the kiddos as often as they’d like. While you’re collecting these photos year after year, use the most recent ones for next season’s Christmas card. Who says holiday traditions can’t be both fun and useful?