No More PJs

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No More PJs

The decision has been made… no more new pajamas for Christmas Eve.

Buying matching sleepwear was getting to be so time consuming considering all the sizes of the three children, two spouses, four grandchildren, and myself, never mind the expense of the purchase. And all that hassle for the purpose of a family photo, which by the way hasn’t happened for the last two years, due to babies napping or differing work schedules.

The decision came about after much agonizing.  I wasn’t certain if I really wanted to change a tradition that has brought much joy and laughter to our family for over 30 years. Each year’s design was revealed upon the unwrapping of the first present on Christmas Eve.  One year it was matching plaid, the next colorful stripes.  We’ve sported custom-designed t-shirts, and fluffy robes. Then there were the years we welcomed our soon to be daughter-in-law and son-in-law into the family with their first pair of matching pajamas.  Each year was something new and exciting. It truly was a wonderful tradition.

Time to move on…

I hesitantly discussed the idea of dropping the tradition with the family over the thanksgiving weekend.  They were very quick to support my decision, stating that they had drawers overflowing with nightwear.

So it is with a tear in my eye that I must say good bye to our Christmas Eve tradition of matching pjs and a picture to capture the event.

Maybe… just maybe I’ll buy them just for the grandchildren!


8 Replies to “No More PJs”

  1. That’s what we did – only grandchildren and it is great! They are not always matching but coordinated. Even my 19 year old looks forward to new PJs. Change is hard – hope you keep it going in some way.

  2. For me, the thing behind the pang of loss like this is that time goes so fast. Suddenly children are grown up. Those pajamas celebrated family and the warmth of your love for one another. Letting the pjs go is going to ache a bit but I applaud your wise and practical side. I am also smiling about “maybe just for the grandchildren” – well, as fast as they grow, they’ll probably NEED new pjs each year for a good while! What a poignant, nostalgic thread woven through your logic.

  3. Oh, what a decision to make! We still buy new jammies for Christmas Eve, but not matching–and it hasn’t been thirty years, yet. Makes me wonder if that tradition will be one we drop at some point, too….

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