By Lisa A. Flam
Associated Press Writer
Cynthia Greenwood’s three girls always get new sleepwear at Christmas, the only gift they are allowed to open on Christmas Eve. The sisters waste no time getting comfy before the family sits down to a holiday dinner and relaxes by the fire.
“They come right in from church, they look under the tree and there’s the box of PJs, and they run back to their room and put them on and we start the festivities,” said Greenwood, of Arlington Heights, Ill. “It’s just a really nice night. It’s special.”
The tradition has been going strong for about two and a half decades in the Greenwood home: The sisters, now 31, 28 and 23, have seen their gifts evolve from one-piece footed numbers to matching ruffled nightgowns to two-piece pajama sets.
New pajamas are a holiday custom in many families and a perennially popular gift, whether it’s Mom and Dad outfitting the kids in coordinating PJs for keepsake photos, a husband or wife tired of seeing their spouse in the same old ratty nightwear, or a treat for a special friend.
“Getting sleepwear is very nostalgic,” said Jennifer Wilson, associate corporate merchant for L.L. Bean. “You’re giving the gift of warmth and comfort. It’s cozy but it’s practical at the same time.”
People spend a lot of time in their PJs, often changing into them right after work, snuggling up on the couch to watch a football game or even wearing them out of the house, notes Stacey Buonanno, director of product development for online retailer PajamaGram.
“People are trying really hard to carve out family time together and relaxation time, whether it’s playing a game together or watching a movie. A lot of that time happens in your PJs or sweats,” said Buonanno.
Pajamas also make a great gift because many people neglect to buy them for themselves, she added.
And sleepwear is easier to buy for someone else than a sweater or pair of jeans because you don’t need to worry about the perfect fit. “With PJs, just go up a size if you’re not sure and say you wanted them to be comfortable,” Buonanno said.
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