pyjamas and a book :: Christmas 2016


Last year, I wrote about our family Christmas Eve tradition for the giving of pyjamas and books. Each of my boys is each given a single present to open in front of a roaring fire. Inside is a new pair of pyjamas, to cuddle up in on the most exciting night of the year, ready to tiptoe downstairs on Christmas morning, and a book with a festive theme. Our growing collection of these, mostly gathered from charity shops throughout the year, is stored away in a box in the loft, brought down at the start of advent.

I received a truly lovely response to the post, with people commenting that they too gave pyjamas, or a book, or both on Christmas Eve, and giving me some fabulous suggestions for festive books. As a result, I thought that I would once again share with you my book choices, in the hope that they may inspire you, or that you in turn may inspire me with some book choices of your own!


For the eight year old, I’ve chosen cheerful pyjamas with stripes and a glow-in-the-dark star print. To read, he has the latest offering from a favourite author of his, David Walliams: The Midnight Gang. It’s described as ‘a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true.’


For the six year old, a cosy sleep all-in-one with red stripes. To read, he has a book of Christmas Stories by a childhood favourite of mine, Enid Blyton. He’s just started reading to himself independently, and has enjoyed the Faraway Tree, so I hope it will prove to be a perfect choice.


For the three year old, some old-fashioned pyjama style with woven pyjamas with a red check. To read, he has a classic by Ezra Jack Keats: The Snowy Day. With its gorgeous illustrations and sweet story, it’s sure to charm him (and leave us all dreaming of snow!).


This year, my love gets new pyjamas too- a brushed cotton set in a wintery check. It’s not strictly festive, but a book that he likes to read at this time of the year is Norwegian Wood, and anything that encourages the stacking of wood, and therefore the lighting of fires, definitely gets my vote!


For me, a beautiful pair of silk pyjamas. I’m re-reading a seasonal favourite of mine, Tove Jansson’s Winter Book. On Christmas Eve, I’ll try to find a moment to read the Truman Capote short story A Christmas Memory, a melancholic but festive tale.

What are your favourite festive books? It’s a question that I asked in his month’s #theyearinbooks twitter chat, and some of the excellent suggestions included: Christmas Pudding by Nancy Mitford, Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson,  J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters From Father ChristmasDylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Love Matters Most by Gerry Turley and The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith. I’ll be adding a number of those to my wishlist- how about you?

Happy festive reading!

{All pyjamas were gifted c/o Boden Clothing. All words, photographs and traditions are my own.}

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  • Can’t tell you how much I love this tradition of yours. And I said it last year and I’ll say it again. Totally going to swipe this tradition for my little family too 🙂 And those silk pj’s though… lush xxx

  • We do this but on christmas night, we all get a night a present which includes new pyjamas and depending either a DVD or a book! This year I have opted for a book but more of a bloggy book then a story one! I like the idea of giving on christmas eve though, one day when I have children I might do this! although then I’ll need to think of something to do on christmas night!

  • oh what a wonderful (and that is the perfect word: WONDERful) idea. Even as an adult I would love to receive a cozy pair of pjs for Christmas. I’ve been wearing the same nightie for at least 15 years. Mind you after my mom died 7 years ago, I inherited all her clothing so now I have a couple more nighties to wear. I love that you started such a heartwarming tradition with the pjs and a book. Beautiful.

  • What a lovely idea! Those pj’s look so cozy. I’ve been meaning to read Norwegian Wood for ages! I’m reading Village Christmas by Laurie Lee at the moment, which is just pure poetry.