In most occupations, you’d be in deep trouble for sleeping on the job. However, in days gone by, the “little workers” were encouraged to sleep on the job. But those days are long gone. Do you remember when you were in kindergarten and you took your nap? I went to ½ day kindergarten so I don’t recall sleeping at school, but my eldest son was required to lay down when he was in kindergarten. By the time my next child came along, napping was out of the question. Kindergarten has become the new first grade and children no longer sleep during those prime instructional hours.
BUT- every year at Christmas time we kindergarten teachers unite and invite our students to join us in wearing our pajamas to school. We don’t actually get to sleep at school, but we do celebrate a laid back atmosphere and extremely casual day.
It’s really quite fun to see all the little ones come to school sporting their “Sponge Bob,” “dinosaur,” “Barbie,” and many other character pajamas. They are so excited to do something a little different. Truth be told, it’s quite fun to see the adults sporting their nightwear too; all “K-rated” of course.
I was especially proud to wear my new snowman jammies this year. I bought them on sale last year especially for this day. It’s amazing what a small treat like wearing pajamas can do for the soul and the spirits of children who are only interested in counting down the days until Santa Claus arrives.
But, what about all of you poor souls who don’t get the blessing of PJ day? What are the small things that you do to make the season magical for you? Do you count your blessings? Do you wear festive clothing? Do you bake special treats and share them with friends, family, and co-workers? There are many ways to infuse your season with joy; don’t overlook those small ways to celebrate… and when all else fails, enjoy your own pajama day!