We’ve all got our own version of a family tradition. Maybe you have a particular meal that you always prepare for your household on special occasions, or a favorite movie you love to watch with kids or grandkids? Our favorite way to kick off family time, however, involves slipping into something more comfortable all at once. That’s right, we’re talking about matching pajamas for the family!
Why wear matching family pajamas?
Any time your family does something to feel close and connected — such as donning a set of coordinating sleepwear — it has an impact. Dr. Susan Coady of Ohio State University, who has studied familial traditions extensively, told Geneology.com that traditions “are important because they provide stability, a sense of family history, and feelings of roots.”
She added: “They are built-in family time, especially in families with young children. Kids need a lot of time so the family traditions become especially important.” In short? Having a special tradition or ritual, like busting out the matching pjs can help your family strengthen its bond.
According to Dimitris Xygalatas, an anthropology professor who studies rituals at the University of Connecticut, such rituals become especially important for families that don’t get to see each other often.
“If your family only gets together once or twice a year, it needs to be significant — have more pageantry,” he suggested via the Associated Press in December 2018. “You need something that says this is a very special occasion. In a way, we’re compensating with a larger quantity of celebration for a lack of frequency.”
Besides — you can’t deny that everyone wearing matching pjs will make one heck of a family photo!
Getting Your Family on Board With Matching PJ’s
Coady suggested treading lightly when introducing a new ritual to the household. “If people start new traditions, they should start out slowly with a simple kind of activity,” she told Geneology.com. “Then perhaps each year they can embellish it. It will become something that everyone looks forward to.”
You should also make sure that the adults in your group are on the same page when it comes to wearing matching pajamas to ensure the rest of your crew follows suit. After all, majority rules!
Whether matching pajamas are a longtime family tradition for you and your brood or merely one you want to start, we’ve got the perfect additions to your sleepwear closet. Keep scrolling through for Woman’s World’s top picks for the best year-round, character, and holiday matching family pj sets that you can stock up on early — before sizes sell out — around!
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