Motherhood

9 Sweet Pajamas

sweet pajamas

A couple years ago, my sister got all the cousins matching pajamas, and the grandparents lost their collective grandparent mind. This year, I’d love to do it again, so I’ve been keeping an eye out for cute numbers. Here are a few…

Nothing sweeter than a bundle of round bellies in matching penguins. Eeps! What holiday rituals do you have?

P.S. An ode to rituals, and a seven-year-old’s guide to surviving holiday travel.

  1. Shira says...

    I started doing family Hanukkah pajamas, but choices are so limited. Most places have one Hanukkah option only, if that. I love the idea of matching pajamas that aren’t holiday-themed. So many more choices that way!!

  2. Dodie Lerpiniere says...

    Go Trees! So Christmassy!

  3. Leah says...

    At 34 and with an ocean between us, my mum still sends me (and my sister and our other halves) Christmas pjs. <3

  4. Kelly says...

    My favorite ritual is Christmas crackers! We all sit around wearing the tissue paper crowns and telling bad jokes. It makes the day really festive. We also burn bayberry candles down to the base for luck (this is a New England tradition), and we break opłatek, which is a sort of Polish unconsecrated Eucharist with nativity scenes on it, to make wishes for each other for the new year.

  5. Ragon says...

    We always do Christmas PJs but don’t match every year (we go to my sister’s and we have 4 kids between us). Last year I made the kids matching Grinch pajamas. This year since all the kids are obsessed with Harry Potter, they are all getting HP pajamas (target has them), each one in a different house color. The grown ups are all getting HP pjs too, although mostly we are just getting HP tee-shirts and sweatpants of a variety of different types.

    Over the summer at our family reunion, we got all the grandkids (6 kids all between ages 2 and 8) the Hanna Andersson striped short johns, each in a different color and they were insanely cute. Totally worth the extra expense because we aren’t all together very often!

  6. Amy Sacksteder says...

    We have those bear pjs for our 3.5 year old, and they’re the cutest thing ever on him.

  7. Eliza says...

    I love all the jammies on the Burt’s Bees clothing line (I just went on the website to confirm that yes, I do still love them) but they don’t ship to Canada :(

  8. jenn says...

    oh man, i want the yellow stripes for myself! lol

  9. Em says...

    My husband and I started what has become a tradition of putting on PJs to go out looking at Christmas lights. We take along thermoses of homemade cocoa and listen to Christmas music in the car. Something about doing this in your flannel PJs and with cocoa makes it so sweetly special! A pause in the crazed holiday busy-ness.

  10. Alexis says...

    P.S. We also have matching Xmas pajamas (Hanna Andersson’s Star Wars!) but as they are quite expensive and partner does not wear pajamas to sleep, we just buy a new set for our son as he gets older.

  11. Alexis says...

    We live in Brooklyn, so a huge thing for us is to see the Dyker Heights Xmas lights – it’s so magical! We take a cab down there so we don’t have to worry about parking, then we walk as much as we can.

    Xmas dinner is usually a porterhouse steak.

    We also buy one new ornament each year.

    Last year we heard about the Icelandic tradition of giving books on Xmas Eve, Jolabokaflod. So on Xmas eve we open our new books, drink hot chocolate, and read together.

  12. Chrissie says...

    Yes to matching PJ’s for Christmas!! I have three kids and even my 12 year old son is down with the matching PJ’s. (Just not allowed to post any picture of it on instagram- haha)

    For the past few years I’ve given my kids a Christmas eve box with the above mentioned pjs, a christmas movie, some hot chocolate and then something different each year like a new pillow or a robe. My kids go NUTS for it. They all say that the Christmas eve box is the best part of Christmas and it’s sweet because it’s not anything extravagant or fancy. It’s just the ritual of it that they seem to love.

  13. monica says...

    Penguins all around!!!

  14. Great fun for the kids! Could you do a similar post for adults, too?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that would be fun! my favorite pajamas, which i wear almost every single night, are these: https://amzn.to/2T8MD1j
      (they’re great for travel, too, since they don’t wrinkle!)

      would love to hear others xoxo

    • Kelly says...

      I second the Eberjey ones. I have three pairs now, and love their nightgowns too. This time of year, they’re almost always on sale, so shop around a bit!

    • Oh, yes, I know you’ve written about Eberjey on many occasions. They seem so soft! I tend to buy my pjs from the Gap…but sometimes I just don’t like their patterns.

  15. I started this when my first kid was born – 23 years ago – and we still continue; we all get pjs for Christmas Eve. Most of the time they are not matching but sometimes my daughter and I will match and my husband and son will match (usually because the boys get their from Gap or Bloomingdales/Ralph Lauren and the girls wear PJ Savage, which has adult and kid sizes). Each person gets to pick out their own pjs – but they can’t wear them until Christmas Eve.

  16. Nina says...

    Christmas Eve my son gets a pair of pajamas and a new movie. He is big into ONE piece PJs (without feet) and got a unicorn last year. Now he has a skeleton and I’ve seen a grinch one I might get him. We don’t really care what it is, as long as its soft…so glad they are making adult sized now as he’s almost as tall as me at 11.

    He also gets only five presents the day of Christmas: Something to wear, something to read, someone he wants, and something he needs.

    And I fill his stocking but I start purchasing for that months in advance. I let him pick his own stocking when he was 4 and he got the biggest he could find. It finally started falling apart last year so we must find a new one. And we usually go to a movie.

    And he gets an advent calendar. Usually just a chocolate one but Amazin has lego and playmobile and he has gotten those in the past, too. Got one from Aldi this year.

  17. Laura C. says...

    Oh the trees, definitely the trees!
    I like all these traditions about matching PJs. Your Christmas sound lovely.

  18. Ruth says...

    All of us (me, hubby, and our daughter) get one set of matching Hanna Andersson jammies every year. My husband, who never wore pajamas, has bought a whole bunch of sets for himself too. They are THE BEST!

  19. Kelly says...

    Yes, PJs on Christmas Eve! It’s been a family tradition since I can remember (I’m 28, my sister 26). My mom has been told this must continue for eternity. :)

  20. Lynn-Holly says...

    We wear matching pjs every year for Christmas! My parents thought we’d be over it when we got older, but now, even as adults, my two sisters and I still love it. Our husbands and my sisters’ children have just been added to the tradition. We look like a cheesy department store add… but it’s such a fun tradition. Last year we wore Hanna Andersson pjs and they were SO SOFT. A little more pricey than the Old Navy and Target pajamas we’ve worn in the past, but so worth it.

    • Adri says...

      This is really cute with the added husbands! :) I don’t even know where I’d buy pjs both my mom and dad would be willing to wear, hha! (but will try this year, I think:)

  21. Vicki says...

    We have a Christmas tradition I started with my kids that Santas elves drop off pajamas on Christmas Eve. Its a fun challenge as the elves leave them on the porch and ring the doorbell when the pajamas are dropped off so an adult has to slip out and back in! The kids get cozy new pjs (sometimes matching) and adults get to create a bit of magic.

  22. Christmas Eve jammies have been a ritual in my family for what feels like forever – it’s one I love and won’t be letting go of any time soon!

    Rebecca

  23. Vivi says...

    I love these! Being pregnant and just a tad emotional I find this so cute I could almost cry!

  24. Lauren says...

    This is timely! I’m looking for some Christmas jammies for the family. The problem is: we live in a tropical climate. Has anyone in the Southern Hemisphere found “summer Christmas jammies”? Thanks in advance. :)

    Also- for the record- Cup of Jo is the BEST blog on the internets and I start each day with Joanna and team. :)

  25. Emily says...

    Old Navy has really stepped up their family PJ game for Christmas this year. I just scooped up an adorable buffalo plaid onesie for my toddler and matching pants for my husband and I.

    • Christy says...

      Yes they have! I need a budget friendly option these days with kids!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, old navy has great options! gap, too.

  26. brittany says...

    love the kids PJs! would love to see a post on some cozy but cute adult options too – my husband is tired of seeing me in an extra large t shirt and basketball shorts 😂

    • ellen says...

      hannahAndersson!!

    • Vicki says...

      Yes to adult pj post! Its cold and I want something cozy

    • Stephanie Bennett says...

      I invested in two JCrew cotton sets – shorts for summer, long sleeves for winter – recently and LOVE them, but yes to more cute adult PJs/lounge wear!

  27. I think we need an adult PJ roundup as I would 100% wear all of these sets myself!

  28. Sarah says...

    Holding my breath for your 2018 gift guide! My family is starting to ask for lists and I want to say, HOW CAN I PICK WITHOUT JO’S GUIDANCE?!

  29. Elizabeth says...

    Aw, what a great idea! Also, I would love a Lucy and Cady update one of these days; I wonder how they’re doing sometimes. (I hope very well!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thanks for your sweet note. They are doing very well :)

  30. Katherine says...

    Love me some cuddly PJs! I have a two week old daughter, and something I’ve been looking forward to the most about her being here for the holidays is family pajamas sets, meaning a matching pair for mom and dad as well as baby. Does anyone have any recommendations of where to buy matching baby/kid/adult PJ sets? Love the ones listed here, but I need grown up sizes, too! Thanks in advance!

    • Kathleen says...

      I saw Burt’s Bees advertising some cute parent baby sets online

    • Catherine McK says...

      Hanna Anderson has awesome adult pjs. (I think they made the yellow stripes and penguins above) They’re pricey but last forever and the amount of joy my boys get out of us all wearing our chosen stripe colors is well worth it!

    • Kerry says...

      Hanna Andersson does online.

    • Annie says...

      Target usually has them too!

    • Old Navy does online too!!

  31. Sheila says...

    I’m 37 and still insist on getting Christmas PJs every year! My mom tried to stop it a few years ago and I let her know in no uncertain terms that that would be unacceptable. It’s the only time I get new PJs, how can she stop that?! My nephews are now included on the tradition…we don’t get matching ones but it’s still fun to open them on Christmas Eve.

  32. TJ says...

    ‘Lost their collective grandparent mind’ 🤣 love this

  33. Anjali Bidani says...

    I love this as well – if you have someone who can receive packages in London, Marks and Spencer has awesome ones on their UK site (they had great ones on the US site last year, but no more, sadly.)

  34. I love this tradition so much. I’m 30 and my sister is 26 and our mom still gets us matching PJs every year! This will be our first Christmas apart as we spent it with our respective significant others, but it will be nice knowing we’re both opening the same thing on Christmas Eve and waking up in it on Christmas morning.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is really really sweet :)

    • t says...

      Yes! I am 40 and my sister is 37 and we still get matching PJs too. My mom buys our spouses pjs as well and our kids and we open them christmas eve and put them on. I love it.

    • C says...

      In Australia it’s too hot at Christmas time so we get Easter pyjamas.

    • My sisters and I are 35, 33, and 31 and my mom buys us matching PJ’s too! Even when we aren’t together for the holidays she still sends them to us. Now I do it for my kids and nephews too!