Merry Christmas, Love Pearls and Polkadots

Merry Christmas

Let me first start off by saying MERRY CHRISTMAS everybody! Christmas is my favourite day of the year (even more than my birthday, if you can believe it). It’s such a magical day full of love and happiness. It’s the one day out of the entire year that my whole family is guaranteed to be together so we can break bread, be merry and eat…a lot.

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Since I am either opening gifts, eating turkey or passing out in a food coma…I decided to instead share my family’s Christmas Eve tradition with you! I let you in on this a little earlier this week, but I want to share photos of the unique and family oriented evening, as well as get a little more family personal with all of you wonderful readers!

DINNER 

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Every year we seem to do something different for dinner, but it is always in the region of “easy”. Since Christmas day calls for our stomachs to be prepared for a ton of food…it’s easy to lighten up dinner on the eve before. This year, it was pepperoni pizza. Normally, it is just my Mom, Dad, sister and I on Christmas Eve, but this year we were fortunate enough to spend and host some extended family – which was so much fun! Can you say party size pizza?

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PRESENTS 

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Each family has their own way of giving each year. Some give large, some give small. Some give on Christmas Eve, some give over the course of a week. In our family, the majority of our gifts are given to one another on Christmas morning and after Christmas dinner. However, every Christmas Eve, my parents give my sister and I two gifts. By now, we can usually expect the same type of gift – Christmas PJs and a Christmas book. It’s become our favourite tradition and it has been going on for the last twenty years at least.

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PHOTOSHOOT

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Okay, so this isn’t necessarily a tradition…and really it was only when my sister and I decided that taking selfies on Christmas Eve was okay (or rather she decided it was okay). Since we always receive the same pajamas or very similar pajamas, it makes for an excellent Christmas shot…and quite frankly, it is the best opportunity for a sister picture.

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I love Christmas and our family traditions…and even more, I love capturing these precious moments.

Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas everybody! Now go eat lots and lots of turkey!!

PJs + A Christmas Read

PJs + a Christmas ReadFor as long as I can remember, I have always received the same two-part gift on Christmas Eve. A pair of crisp new Christmas pajamas and a Christmas book. I don’t know where this tradition came from, but I know that I my parents have been doing this for my sister and I since we were born.

When I was little we would open our PJs and story, put out the milk and cookies to wait for Santa (along with carrots for the reindeer), write Santa Claus a letter and then settle in bed while our mother read us our new books. This is a tradition that I have lived with for twenty one years, and it will live on with my future children. I’m sure they will enjoy these in silk pajamas as well!

So why am I telling you all of this super-personal tradition stuff? Well, because TODAY marks two days before Christmas Eve…the eve that I receive brand new pajamas and a Christmas read. I have been doing a little PJ hunting, and I have found ten pairs that are super cute for this holiday (and some are even on sale…you’re welcome).

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Snowman Fleece / Snowy Mittens Jersey PJs / Jasmine & Ginger Stripe / Dotted Christmas PJs / Chevron Waffle Knit / Poinsettia Microfleece PJs

These cute pairs are all under $50 and super comfortable. Dillard’s seems to be the main place to get Christmas-themed pajamas and quite frankly, I am loving all of them. I really love flannel, but sometimes it can get a little hot under the covers and cotton is what you need to stay the perfect temperature…

UNDER $100

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Thermal PJs / Arctic Chill Knit / French Bulldog Cotton / Classic Tartan Flannel

If you are willing to spend a tad more on pajamas (I mean, Christmas Eve is a special night…), then spring for these because not only are they well made, great quality and super comfortable…they look amazing too! Personally, my favourite pair is the red tartan to the very right – very Christmasy, aren’t they?

However, pajamas are pajamas…

My parents always seem to find the perfect pair that fit the year…one year it’s classic red tartan, the other it’s a big fuzzy penguin onesie. What is important is the tradition and meaning of it all!

SO WHAT ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS READ?

I didn’t forget about the book…never. So that is why I am featuring a few of my favourite Christmas reads (the classics) as well as a few that are on my Christmas book wishlist:

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The Little Match Girl / The Christmas Shoes / The Night Before Christmas

I love a good Christmas tradition and in a couple of days, I am going to have more memories made with my family, and another traditional Christmas Eve to talk about!

What are your Christmas traditions? What does Christmas look like for you each year? Let me know in the comments below…