Festive family traditions – New pyjamas on Christmas eve

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It’s a tradition that our family has always done, ever since I was little. Every Christmas eve, we were allowed to open one present from underneath the tree and it was always a new pair of pyjamas. Did you do this in your family when you were young? Do you still do it now? My husband and I still get new PJs on Christmas eve and Santa even leaves a package of pyjamas for my mum too.

I think festive traditions are more important than ever this year, especially as many of the things we would usually go out to do (Christmas lights switch-ons, festive markets etc) are cancelled. So, if you don’t already have a tradition of gifting new pyjamas on Christmas eve, why not give it a try this year? You could start something new that your family will enjoy for years to come.

Here are some ideas for festive pyjama gifts you can wrap up and pop under the tree in time for the big day. I mean, you don’t want Father Christmas seeing you in your old holey PJs, do you??


Onesies have been a popular choice for many years, probably due to just how cosy it is to be zipped into an all-in-one. It also seems to be more acceptable to wear adult onesies around the house compared to pyjamas. It’s sort-of a loungewear top layer, so it’s okay to flaunt your onesie at any time of day or night.

One of the most fun choices for getting cosy this is Christmas is by wearing animal onesies for adults. You can get matching his ‘n’ her outfits (cat and dog perhaps? A pair of dinosaurs?) which is a super-cute onesie choice for couples. Just imagine lounging around on Boxing day and watching festive films in adorable matching Christmas onesies.

If you have little ones in your family, look for onesies that have a corresponding mini-me version for your kids. Places like Kigurumi.com have a variety of designs that come in both child and adult versions, such as giraffes, cats, Pokemon and narwhals (any Elf fans out there??)


I’ve also seen an increase in the range of parent-and-child pyjama sets available online this year. I remember my friends and their little boy wearing ‘mummy elf’, ‘daddy elf’ and ‘little elf’ pyjamas a few Christmases ago and it’s since become a bit of a trend over recent years. You can find plenty of festive family pyjama sets on Etsy and I even saw some at George at Asda this year so if the supermarkets are doing them, they must be a popular trend.

Image from Etsy shop PrettyPrintsMelissa

Although my husband and I have never had matching pyjamas, it’s a trend that has caught my eye and, if I could find a cute matching set, I don’t see why we wouldn’t give it a go. At the very least, I like the idea of his ‘n’ her onesies so I’m happy to coordinate in the comfort of my own home.


I love the idea of receiving a pair of pyjamas that I’ve seen in a film or TV show. Often I look at a character in a festive movie and they look so cosy and comfortable in their PJs that I just want to have the same pair myself. Examples of my dream movie-star pyjamas are the ones that Kate Winslet or Cameron Diaz wear in The Holiday. And I quite like Dawn French’s red tartan flannelette pyjamas from The Vicar of Dibley.

Image from Etsy shop Scotswhahae

I’d also like to source some film-inspired pyjamas for my husband, such as Clark Griswold’s pastel dinosaur print PJs from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Buddy the Elf’s red onesie with bobble hat. When it’s a favourite festive film that you watch year after year, it’s a lovely idea to give your family members a pair of pyjamas that are recognisable from one of their top Christmas movies.

Let me know if you find any famous PJs or decide to get matching onesies this Christmas and start a new tradition with your family. I’d love to hear about your own festive traditions too, so please leave me a comment below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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