The countdown is on to the holidays and with every day that passes the stress level of parents rises. Work, Family, friends, kids, presents, parties, decorations, baking, shopping…like our lives aren’t busy enough everyday, the holidays bring on a whole new level of busy.
Look at your calendar right now and book a Holiday PJ Day. What’s a PJ Day you ask? It’s a down day where everyone stays in their PJ’s and does nothing but watch movies, read, play boardgames, do a puzzle, bake cookies, play cards, and my dad’s favourite, nap.
Not only does a PJ day give you a day together with your family, it also recharges everyone’s batteries and lowers that sky-high stress level. Planning to be away over the holidays? You can still plan a down day. It could be a poolside day at the resort you are staying at, or the beach. It could be a day in the chalet at the ski hill. A down day is one without rushing, without commitments and without a plan. Crazy idea, I know but it’s one that I’m already looking forward to.
Items required for a traditional Holiday PJ Day in our house:
- New Jammies - Christmas Jammies have been a tradition in my family for generations. On Christmas Eve everyone is allowed to open one present from under the tree and their new Christmas Jammies. My mum is a pro at finding matching or at least coordinating jammies for the entire family. That’s all six grandkids and six adults. We all put them on and read the Night Before Christmas. It’s great fun and it gives us new jammies for our Holiday PJ Day which usually occurs the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
- Holiday Movie - Holiday PJ Day traditionally must include a sappy, cheesy holiday family movie, usually on Netflix or we might even go cray cray and buy one from iTunes. Multiple movies are encouraged as some members of the family may or may not nap through parts. Classics like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Miracle on 34th Street (I like the original 1947 version), A Charlie Brown Christmas, It’s Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Elf, A Christmas Carol, Frosty the Snowman and the list goes on.
- Tissues - If you plan to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, be sure to have a box of ROYALE® 3-Ply facial tissue on hand. Those sappy classics have a way of going straight the heart. You may also shed a tear or two while you watch your kids watching the movies you enjoyed as a child. If you have grandparents around, you may need to pass them a tissue too. I know my mum is a blubbering mess for all of these kinds of holiday moments. The holidays are a very special time, enjoy every moment.
Other items to consider for Holiday PJ Day:
- Cosy blankets
- Hot chocolate
- Wine (for the parents later)
- Deck of cards
Watch this fun video with my friends Taylor Kaye and Miranda Malisani.