The holiday season is my favorite time of year because it is filled with magic and family traditions. I have fond memories of some of the traditions my family had when I was growing up and I do some of them with my own children. One of my favorites is matching family Christmas jammies. As a kid we could open one gift on Christmas Eve and they were always a new pair of Christmas pjs to wear to bed that night. I’ve carried that tradition on, but I can’t wait until Christmas Eve. I put my little ones in their Hanna Andersson holiday pajamas as soon as I get them.
Because we live far away from our families and prefer to stay home for the holidays rather than flying in the unpredictable winter weather, we don’t have big family dinners or Christmas traditions that involve other family members. So to make it feel extra special, I try to make Christmas morning a big event: hot chocolate, a special breakfast, fun stockings, opening presents, a yummy dinner for just the (now) five of us. While it might not be as big of an event as if we were near our families, we enjoy being relaxed and low-key and having no pressure to go anywhere or do anything (which can be nice too!). Here are some of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions:
- open one present on Christmas Eve (usually from out of town family)
- get matching Hanna Andersson pajamas for the whole family
- prepare a special Christmas morning breakfast: my mom always made Monkey Bread, which I now make for my family
- Add to our ornament collection. The boys get a new Paloma’s Nest ornament every year and they make beautiful heirlooms that they will have forever.
- lottery scratch offs in your stockings: this was one my dad did every year, and after he passed away my mom, brother, and I all bought scratch offs for our stockings – so we kept his tradition going.
- see a movie on Christmas Day: my husband and I always saw a movie on Christmas night every year since we met. Sometimes our families would join us and it became quite an event. Since we had kids, this tradition has been put on hold, but it is something we plan to do once our kids are old enough.
- make Christmas cookies as a family to leave out for Santa
- FaceTime with the grandparents and let Charlie open one of the presents they sent so they can watch him
- Family neighborhood walk since we live in Los Angeles and the weather is nice year round 🙂
I think out of all of those traditions the matching jammies are my favorite. I took this year’s set with us when we spent the weekend at Disneyland and it provided the perfect opportunity for a spontaneous photo session thanks to a big hotel bed and great morning light and the fact that we were all contained in one room 😉 I still have the first pair of Hanna Andersson jammies that I bought for Charlie when he was a baby, and they are such great quality that Calvin wore them, and now Quincy will too. Which makes them even more special.
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, a set of matching pajamas can be your winter tradition. They can be incorporated into your Hanukkah traditions or whatever holiday your family observes since most of the styles are not Christmas specific. You can find the boys’ matching Hanna Andersson pajamas pictured above here. And if you want to see the grown ups wearing ours follow along on Instagram for Christmas Day photos (I forgot to pack ours for this trip).
What are your favorite holiday traditions? Do you do matching family pajamas too?
This post is sponsored by Hanna Andersson but the opinions are my own.