"We give all the children pajamas Christmas Eve so that they can have brand new p.j.s for Christmas morning. And the pictures look so cute!" my friend explained.
I wasn't sure about the pajama thing, but I liked the idea of nice pictures from Christmas morning. What if we all wore Christmas T-shirts or sweatshirts? That was back when my oldest daughters were two and four years old. My mother bought them adorable little bear sweatshirts and they wore them Christmas morning while Mike and I wore our own Christmas sweatshirts.
More than cute photos, I loved the splash of Christmas color they added to Christmas morning. I started collecting Christmas T-shirts and storing them in a suitcase that only came out in December.
When we started our Traveling Dinner tradition (you can read the blog post here or purchase Celebrate Christmas with a Traveling Dinner at Currclick to learn more), we added another day of the entire family wearing Christmas T-shirts or sweatshirts.
Now we live in Florida. Most Christmases it's too warm to wear a sweatshirt or Christmas sweater (though my husband looks so handsome in his Christmas sweater), so we wear our Christmas T-shirts Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
"I bought some new T-shirts for the Christmas collection," my daughter Shine informed me this year. She didn't add that she was updating our very outdated T-shirts. She pulled out an Elf (movie) shirt that said, "Smiling is my favorite" and a kitty-cat shirt for Rosie, who loves cats.
This year, I unpacked two suitcases. Our collection has grown and by only taking the shirts out at Christmas, they stay fresh and bright. We decided to do our Annual Christmas Family Photo in our Christmas T-shirts this year. After all, they are a big part of our Christmas.
Remember, Christmas traditions don't have to be complicated or expensive. They could be as simple as wearing Christmas T-shirts on Christmas Eve.
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