We have a tradition at Green Acres with Christmas Jammie's. This tradition started with my family when I was a little girl. Every Christmas Eve we would go to Church and when we came home we got to open one present. This present was always new PJ's for Christmas morning. After we would open the presents my Dad would read the "The Night Before Christmas" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". We would then leave our cookies and milk for Santa and of course carrots for the reindeer and then off to bed we were sent. Now as a parent I understand why you want your precious little ones to be fast asleep.
This year was a little different for us. First, being away from home and secondly the Church service didn't start until 10pm. The Deacon and Pops serve at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Valdosta, Georgia. It is a darling church, very warm and welcoming. We started the evening with our traditional dinner of heavy snack foods and wine while the Deacon and Cameron opened the last window on the Advent calendar. We had the boys open their PJ's before Mass and that way they could wear them to church. This is customary at St. Barnabas on Christmas Eve. We went to church and Henry did great, he stayed awake through the whole Mass. Cameron didn't like the trumpets so much so Mr. Miller and him stayed out in the vestibule for the majority of the service and then migrated to the Urban Farm Truck where Cameron fell fast asleep. I checked on them after Communion and there they were with the windows down and Mr. Miller was listening to his new Buffett CD. Of course it was 65 and beautiful out, far better than the blizzard conditions at home.
The church hosts a lovely reception after and we took the kids home and put them to bed so Santa could get to work. It was a great Christmas Eve and the PJ's they were darling. Don't you think?