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#1 Oriental lily

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Every year since I can remember Christmas day meant a new frock or outfit and us all looking are best for family photos ect.

I was really surprised the first Christmas at dhs family when they were all just in t shirts and jeans. Sort of clothes that you would go shopping in. Everyday clothes.

Even now after 14 years together I have to organize some nice clothes DH or he is likely to throw on any old clothes that he grabs on Christmas morning.

Now my family is Irish.
Dhs family are as Australian  and ocker as they come.


So is it cultural?

In every other way dhs family is very traditional in how they celebrate Christmas. Turkey, ham, trifle and plum pudding with custard.

So do you pick out a nice outfit for the day for you and the kids?

#2 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:39 PM

Not really, the kids and dh usually wear boardies and a teeshirt.  If they get new ones as presents they wear those.  I like to be comfy as it's usually hot and I am running around doing food etc.


#3 Dowager fancie

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:45 PM



When I was single, my mum (a dressmaker) would make me a new dress each year for my xmas eve birthday  present (I picked the fabric and dress pattern) and I would wear that on Christmas Day.  All my family would either wear something bought for the occasion or wear something special they had in their wardrobe.

DH's family didn't dress up at all.  DH however has always been a snazzy dresser and always looks well dressed.

These days, DH, DD and I always dress up a bit (smart casual), may not be new but never everyday clothes.



#4 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:47 PM

I always wear something lovely for Christmas day (not always new) and I make sure both of the kiddies have a new outfit to wear for the day.

#5 Oriental lily

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:48 PM

What a lovely tradition fancie original.gif .

#6 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

My mother buys all the males (Dad, DH, brother and DS) a new Christmas shirt that they wear on Christmas morning. Girls all wear something nice-ish and we all do hair, make-up etc just to be a bit special.

#7 Mercurial

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

I always like to have a new outfit for christmas day.  Not necessarily very dressy but a nice dress or nice top.  I have bought the most gorgeous dress for DD to wear this Christmas.  I can't wait as it's just perfect for Christmas.  We are going out for lunch this year so more dressy than usual.  

With Brissie christmas days often very hot you can't get too dressed up, but a dress or light top and skirt, tailored shorts still looks lovely.  

Then my kids get their togs on and play slip'n'slide (as do my adult brothers).

#8 Canberra Chick

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:51 PM

I like to wear something nice. Not necessarily a full on smart dress, but a least a nice top and skirt, pretty summer frock. And the kids open presses in their pyjamas and put on something nice from the clothes they get (they always get something to wear at Christmas).

#9 adl

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

As kids my family always dressed nicely for Christmas Day, we did go to Church first so I suppose "Sunday best" and then off  to lunch or home to host lunch etc

DH's family go to a lot of trouble with lunch etc but don't dress either? I find strange as they do all the decorations and go the whole bit?

We still wear nice as we take DS to church and when ILs no longer with us it will be our turn at home so we will keep our little tradition going


#10 prettypenny

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

I've always made a bit more of effort for Christmas day. As a kid it was usually the clothes I got as a present.
Nowadays its just a good excuse to buy myself something new to wear.

#11 we~are~family

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:53 PM

We always give the kids a nice, but inexpensive outfit to wear Christmas day (in their Christmas stocking), I usually wear a dress, and DH wears neat casual shorts and shirt type outfit. Both our families are the same, as we were as children too.

ETA - We are Australian, so I don't think its a cultural thing. I do understand though, if it's hot and your cooking that you would want to be comfortable.

Edited by we~are~family, 05 December 2012 - 05:55 PM.


#12 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:53 PM

Now that I think about it, we generally wear better clothes, but not necessarily brand new.  Not formal either.  Just better than house clothes or pop-down-the-shops clothes.  Still comfy though.

Last year I sewed the girls a new dress each that they received on Xmas Day. They decided to wear them that day.  This year I am also making them a dress each, but am not forcing them to wear it on Xmas Day.  That's up to them.  It'll still be there to wear some other time.  biggrin.gif

#13 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

I try to spend as long as I can in my PJs on Christmas Day. laugh.gif

If we're lunching with other people, then yes I make an effort.

If its just us, then its comfy all the way. tongue.gif

#14 Futureself

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:55 PM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 05/12/2012, 05:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So is it cultural?

Don't think so, although I have Irish heritage so that may be it!

Yes,  a new 'Chrismas Dress' has been tradition for my sisters and I for as long as I can remember. I make an effort to wear some nice earrings etc
DH also wears  nice tailored shorts and a 'nice' button up shirt. DS has a new outfit to wear as well this year.

Looking nice doesn't have to be uncomfortable, my dresses are always light materials and comfortable, DH is usually in havaianas.

#15 Ianthe

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

I used to but my kids don't care so I don't bother. And we have a pool so if the weather is good we are in and out of that on Christmas Day.

#16 Bel Rowley

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:56 PM

I always dress up, and the kids definitely. Doesn't necessarily have to be new, but we definitely make an effort. My husband, not so much. Families... probably a mixture. One sister always dresses up like me, the other is more a jeans, t-shirt and thongs kinda girl. Most of the men are pretty casual.

#17 Filulah

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:57 PM

We tend to spend most of the day in the pool (depending on whose turn it is to host), so our Christmas outfits tend to be decidedly "swimmers and towels only". For my in-laws, we probably dress slightly nicer, but we don't usually dress that bad from day to day anyway. Perhaps something a little snappier though. :-)

I like the idea of dressing nicer for both families' Christmas, as it seems more respectful, but my extended family is a little too lazy, I guess. (And I like it like that!)

#18 Shadowess

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

As kids we usually had a new tshirt or dress o wear in Christmas Day. As an adult, it depends on my mood. Some years I'll make an effort, other years I'll just throw whatever on.

The in laws go all out.



#19 Madeline's Mum

Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:59 PM

I started a tradition with DHs family to wear white on Xmas morning so I could take a nice family photo which MIL adores. This year I CBF and they can organize their own photo.

#20 mandarins

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:00 PM

Dress up in best new clothes!
Nowadays it has mellowed a bit but I still make some effort. DH just wears whatever. he use to wear new clothes but not for a few years now.

#21 Mitis angelam

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:00 PM

Mum tells me that when she was little, each of her and her sisters got a new dress to wear for Christmas, and that would be your "party" dress for the year.

shrug.gif  What I wear depends on what I'm doing.  I've got a gorgeous baby dress for DD to wear to church, but I'll change her before we go picnicking with my parents afterwards.

#22 Oriental lily

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:01 PM

Yeah just add I don't mean formal or stuffy clothes.
The dress I have picked out is a nice burgundy boho maxi style dress that is made from cotton and it's light, cool and floaty.
My three girls have summer dresses and I will get a decent unwrinked summer shirt for DH to wear with some nicer shorts.


I have gor matching earring and necklace though.


But yeah I do like the excuse to buy a new dress lol.

#23 strawberry blondes

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:04 PM

Love new clothes for christmas day, couldn't spend the day in normal clothes it would feel wrong.

#24 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:04 PM

Never even crossed my mind to dress up for christmas. I just wear whats easiest and so does DD

#25 erindiv

Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:04 PM

I usually just wear something nice and summery. Last year it was a flowery maxi dress (must remember to not wear the same one this year!)

And of course I dress the kids up too. Usually just a nice dress for DD.




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