Is it okay to give pajamas as a Christmas gift? What about undies and socks? These questions have been much-debated in my home.
You see, when I was growing up, we always opened one gift Christmas Eve, and after a few years, that gift was no surprise. It was always going to be a new pair of pajamas. Since a bulk of the family snapshots were taken that morning (in the pre-digital more sparsely photographed years when I grew up), my mom wanted to be sure that we weren't ratty.
The socks and/or underwear went into our stockings. The stockings were the best part of Christmas morning -- filled with a mixture of practical (socks and undies and maybe chapstick or lipgloss) and exciting (earrings, a CD, or perfume). The first time I put socks in Terry's stocking, our marriage teetered on the edge. Of course, this is from a guy who grew up getting an orange in his stocking (which didn't thrill him either).
I haven't continued the Christmas PJ tradition, mostly because of our changes in seasons here require that I frequently buy new PJs -- very warm, lightweight warm, or cool -- to keep up with the changes in size and season.
The Children's Place just sent us some cute pajamas to try out, and a gift card for me to pass along to one of you! The Children's Place always has such cute and colorful items, that I would definitely stuff my children's stockings with some new socks, tights, or gloves from there.
Kyle is actually rather picky about his pajamas (and all of his clothes, for that matter). If he doesn't like how they feel or the design, he won't wear them. He likes this Rocket PJ set from The Children's Place. I like the stylish short-sleeve over long-sleeve T-shirt look and the flannel-ish (flame-retardant of course) pants. These are not super-warm pajamas, but nice for people in any sort of cold climate.
I have a $30 card to The Children's Place to give to one of you! I'll announce the winner on December 17 and ship it out that day (if I get your address). That will give you plenty of time to get some last-minute stocking stuffers, some cute new pajamas for Christmas-morning pictures, or to stock up in the after-Christmas sales that are inevitable.
To be eligible to win, leave a comment telling me what your favorite -- or least-favorite -- stocking stuffers are, either to give or to receive.