Rethinking Christmas: What to Wear

An Old Tradition

In our family you get two fancy outfits a year: Easter and Christmas. And you wear them any time you need to dress up in-between. (Easter shirts have been known to pop up in Thanksgiving photos.) Not only do you get the basics, but you also get new shoes, stockings or socks, accessories, and sometimes an overcoat. The whole deal, brand spanking new.

This year, in light of our financial hiccups, we’re doing things a little differently.

A New Twist

Instead of Christmas outfits, I opted for Christmas pajamas–old-fashioned white gowns for the girls and plaid flannels for the boys. (Of course a little something for me and the pops.) They cost substantially less than a whole outfit; they’ll look great in Christmas morning photos; and we can wear them almost every night if we want to. 

So, what will we wear out in public, for Christmas Eve service and visits with family and friends? We’ll scour our closets for sweaters and khakis for the boys and dresses for the girls. Hubby has some very expensive business suits he rarely wears in his new job. And I’ll hand wash the same beautiful outfit I already own in-between events. Simple [and free] as that.

What ways are you changing some old traditions?

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6 responses to “Rethinking Christmas: What to Wear

  1. Christmas PJs are one of my favorite traditions at The Zoo. We’ve been doing this for the last 5 years. Normally, we buy the PJs in mid-November when they go on sale at The Children’s Place, and we get two piece fleece PJs, either all matching, or the same ones but diff colors. The first ones we ever got, we bought Blue for Brandon, Green for Josh, and Red (and pink for other days) for Jillian. That was in 2003, and they STILL wear them, although the boys don’t wear the matching shirts anymore. In 2005, we got them all the same red PJs. Jillian sometimes wears Josh’s shirt now, but they all wear them, minus the shirts for the boys.

    They double up as PJs for PJ Day at school in the fall festival.

    We’ll never, ever forget those PJs… to this day, when we need to color code things for the kids, it’s Blue for Brandon, Green for Josh, and pink/red for Jillian…!

  2. Since I have all boys, I usually stick to new coordinating sweaters for holiday photos, purchased whenever I can find them on sale. They can wear the jeans or khakis that they already have. Our budget has always been a little tight, so we supplement with matching pajamas from Nana. 🙂

  3. At Christmas I buy all of tinks dresses for winter because they dontcarry the modest dresses the rest of the year. At Easter I buy all her summer dresses for the same reason. I usually get at least four each time because we weawr only dresses to church so its a must that she has more than one.

    I lvoe new Christmas pj’s!

  4. We also do the pj thing, and we usually get a new Christmas outfit but new as in thrifted. 🙂

  5. Ooooh, the Cmas pjs sound really cute! I like that idea!

  6. Sounds like you have it all under control. I always loved new Christmas pj’s. They were my favorite. Usually mama sewed them herself, on her old Singer. Happy times :).

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