5/03/2010

Monday Memories-The start of a tradition

This picture was taken of me October 31, 2000 (forget what the date in the corner says) and it began a long-standing tradition of mine that I look forward to every year:

776 This is how I celebrate Halloween in preschool classrooms.  Pajama-Day!

Yep, on that day I didn’t want to deal with children in costumes and, being in a for-profit company, I had to do something, so I did a pajama day.  I had toddlers.  There’s no way I was going to have them in costumes all day!

This idea came from another teacher at that center and I have never NOT had pajama day since then.

Every place I have gone to, I have begun the tradition of a pajama day.  Even now, at our agency, we have an agency wide pajama day.

There are two things that I really love about this day:

1st, I get to buy new Eeyore pajamas every year.  This is the one treat I make sure to do every year.  I don’t wear them often, but I buy a brand new set every year.

2nd, it is way more appropriate.  Children get messy and it’s okay.  They aren’t worried about their costumes.  Plus, it’s kind of nice.

That morning parents can roll out of bed in the morning, take their children to school, and not have to worry about anything until they pick them up.  Then, when they pick them up it’s real easy to change them into their costumes!

Plus, they sleep like angels at naptime…all warm and snug.

They bring in their favorite bedtime stories and their lovies and it’s just a great fun relaxing day.

I like to leave the hype of the holiday to the parents.  That’s their job.

Anyway, even without working in preschools, I still love a day of pajamas for Halloween day.

What traditions have you started?

(Side note: do you see how skinny I am in that picture?   Yeah, I will be that one day again!)

1 comment:

Barbra Stephens said...

I have a picture like this, too.
I see people walking around like this now a days at the store!
Then again.....I guess everyday is Halloween for some folks.