Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tree trimming party at home in matching PJs!

Well it started with this~I had the idea that this year it might be fun if we all wore matching PJs for Christmas.  One year I found us some cute red dog PJs by Nick n Nora at Target...but that was about 5 years ago and some of us don't fit in our PJs anymore (not me~our little guy)!  I found this cute print of Downhill Santas and they happened to be on sale too on  They didn't have any matching ones in my size though, so only the guys got this pattern. Target delivered them the very day we planned to decorate the tree!! It was kismet!  
 So one by one all the boys put on their Christmas set a merry mood!
 My pajamas were snow men and I got this pattern 
because you know I love aqua!
We took turns posing in our new pajamas and got ready to 
decorate the tree. Our stockings are hung by the chimney with care 
(and cuphooks)~all hand knit by my mother except for
 my childhood stocking which was knit 
by my Grammy (see the tiny one on the left?).
 The tree needed some lights first...
but I had to snap a few pics to capture this family time.
 The lights were getting put on and Mr. Maison Decor 
goofed around answering the phone for Miss Maison Decor 
on my frenchy phone that isn't even plugged in~
 I had to rearrange the lights after Mr. MD 
was done doing it...he had two full strings still laying on the ground 
that he didn't think we needed!!! 
 OMG~you know you can never have enough lights!
 So as I unstrung it and started again he looked over with fury in his eyes~(kidding)~
 Then he ran around and grabbed me and started 
trying to wrestle me as I had been a fresh girl 
telling him how he didn't do a good job on the lights!
 He squeezed and hugged and we were both laughing like little kids right before Christmas!
It was about as perfect as a family night can get, 
and I was so glad it was!  Claire, my MIL told a story\
about how she and her hubby would always
 get in fights over the lights! I think lots of people fight over the lights~
and the ornaments~and certainly the icicles....
although we don't use icicles now as they can kill the dogs 
if they swallow it (I think it gets wrapped around their intestines 
or something was what Mr. MD said) 'cause if icicles 
didn't pose a danger to dogs I would have had icicles all over this tree.  
So sparkly and vintage and makes me think
 of the real Christmas trees we had as a kid.
After the lights were done we all plowed through the boxes of ornaments
 and not one was broken! It was a family record I believe~
Colin loved his PJs too by the way...and when I sent a 
text with a pic of everyone in their matching PJs to Justin I 
sensed he might feel left out and want a pair...he replied back with a :-) yes please!
  So I went back online and ordered 3 more pairs: one for Justin, 
one for Brandon and even one for their dad Barry!! 
Hows that for a very Brady Christmas?  
(I used to be Marcia...but now I am the mom).
The tree finally got the last ornament hung!  
Grammy Maison Decor was there to lend a helping hand too!
The next step was to sit back with a glass of eggnog 
and admire the handiwork.  There really is something 
special about having a lit Christmas tree in a room~
it suddenly becomes CHRISTMAS time!!
 After all the tired elves went to bed, I snapped a couple more pics. 
 I still have to get a tree skirt around it,
 and put away all the boxes, but it was a triumph all in all!
 A matching green wreath with glass ornaments wired
 to it hangs above the mantel. I was so tired but a good tired~
the matching PJs and family participation with all on board made for a splendid night.
And that was the story of how we trimmed our tree.



  1. What a lovely story Amy, the tree looks beautiful and you all look so cute with your pj's! take care, Maryann

  2. Beautiful story Amy! the tree looks beautiful and you all look cute in your festive pjs x

  3. Love your story and the happiness and memories it stirred in me!! Everything is beautiful!!

    Jan ♥

  4. Now that is how a family holiday evening should be celebrated! Laughter,traditions (matching PJs), horsing around, working together, and so much love. Thank you for sharing your special family and lovely Christmas tree!

  5. Love the matching PJs! So much fun, what a great idea!

  6. looks like so much fun!! love the jammies!

  7. I've missed seeing your home, Amy! It looks wonderful all decked out for Christmas. I avoid the light fights since I do our tree myself. It looks like you had a wonderful family night. Love the pajamas, too. I usually buy Christmas pajamas for everyone, but couldn't find anything I liked this year, especially for the guys. Maybe I'll run into Target tomorrow. : )

  8. Fun, family memories are what make the season bright. Cute pjs.

  9. what a totally fun and inspiring pajama party! we still haven't posed for a family pic/card yet so this might be just the ticket!

    the room looks magical, amy.

    peace to you.


  10. Wow, what memories you just brought back for me. When we were growing up we got new PJ's every Christmas Eve. We all dressed in them and Mom and Dad took our pictures in front of the fireplace hanging up stockings.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  11. This is soooo adorable! I love the pj's....thanks for this. I love the pic with your husband grabbing nice.....heart warming. blessings, lady

  12. It all looks beautiful, Amy. That wreath is just gorgeous all lit up. Ummmm and where are Grammy's new pjs?;>) xo Diana

  13. Those poor boys...making them wear those pj's. They really are good sports about it. I love your's of course in the aqua. So nice you all decorated together. I had help from Franklin and Harvey...and believe me it was NO help. At least they didn't fight me about the lights.

  14. It looks beautiful, Amy! And LOVE the jammies! =)

  15. Aww, so adorable - about as perfect as it gets!! Thank you for sharing these photos with all of us, I loved seeing them!

    Merry Christmas Amy!

  16. What a sweet post :) I love your PJ's. I could never get my husband to wear PJ's--especially for pictures:) You have a good guy :) Your tree looks beautiful!

  17. Well Amy, I would like to say a big thank you for sharing your lovely tree story and all the jammas look great and a smashing idea too. I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year and extend this to all your followers. Good luck in all your ventures in 2013. Your blog and determined spirit has given me such joy, so keep up the good work. Kindest Regards. Mary x
    ( from Scotland)

  18. Amy, the picture of Mr MD on the phone in the pjs cracks me up.

    Looks like a perfectly fantastic way to get in the Christmas spirit.

    The tree looks beautiful.

  19. Very lovely tree!!! Family time at Christmas, so very precious!!! I love the PJ's, think I might head over to Target now.... :) Merry Christmas!!! donna

  20. Very sweet! We too giggled a lot as we put up our Christmas tree this year :-) Who won the wrestle? Hee hee!

  21. Amy! You are adorable and have the sweetest family!! Love the pajamas! My girls are looking forward to opening theirs on Christmas Eve and my boys are sweet to go along with it. It's a tradition that they have asked to keep! I just want to thank you for taking the time to write your blog! I always enjoy reading yours and you have no idea how much you inspire me!! Thank you, dear!! Oh, how I wish I lived closer to you so I could pop in and see your shop! It looks lovely!!
    Wishing you a Wonderful Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!! XO Colette

  22. Merry Christmas Amy and family- I have a question. Are you going to be getting any more french bottle drying racks in the New Year. Thanks Paula Lusk

  23. That was so cute! Everything in the room just glows... it really even puts me in a Christmasy mood just watching you guys in your PJ's decorating the tree. And... ummmm, do i see an AMAZING little frenchy table in front of the sofa???


  24. Amy, could you give Colin a extra hug today for being such a loving son like my son was to me? I can't hold my boy again this year and yes it hurts more then last, but please give Colin a hug from Indiana. Love to you and Happiest of holidays to you and your wonderful son! Lori

  25. Amy ~ you have just the sweetest, most loving family. You are truly blessed! :)

    xoxo laurie

  26. What a fun "Brady" Christmas! Love the pjs.

    Merry Christmas.



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