I consider myself an expert at dressing comfortably and staying in. You will usually find me in jeans, sneakers and a T-shirt or flannel. I’m a connoisseur of comfort clothing. And I’ve got pro-tips for ringing in the new year from the comfort of home for all my fellow homebodies.
Don’t ask me how it got here so quickly but it’s time once again for New Year’s Eve. Like many moms, I’ll be bidding farewell to 2018 from home and welcoming 2019 with a glass of sparkling wine and a valiant effort to stay awake until midnight. Of course, if the last six years are any indication, I will fall asleep on the couch by about 10:30 p.m.
First of all, shout out to all you moms with brand new babies. Here’s wishing you a new year with a little one who understands that nights are for sleeping. For your New Year’s Eve at home, I suggest wearing your coziest nursing bra and stretchy sweatpants. Whether you’re nursing, pumping or bottle feeding that baby, you deserve to celebrate. Remind your honey that your top New Year’s resolution is to get more sleep and start the new year with a nap wrapped in your favorite comforter – the perfect accessory for the sleep-deprived moms of the world. Let’s face it, you and that sweet baby are probably going to be awake at 3 a.m. anyway.
For those of us with older little ones, sweatpants are still a staple. Pair them with warm socks and your favorite soft T-shirt for a cozy night by the fire. No fireplace? No problem. Netflix has you covered. Bonus points if you throw in some hot cocoa with a splash of Bailey’s for the grownups and extra marshmallows for the little ones in their footie pajamas. Send them off to bed after they ring in the new year (in an earlier time zone) and then head back to the living room to try to stay awake until midnight.
The Christmas tree is still up, isn’t it? All the more reason to give those Christmas pajamas a stylish sendoff for New Year’s Eve. There’s nothing like leggings with elf stripes for snuggling in front of the TV as you watch fireworks displays from the comfort of your couch. If you’re feeling especially productive, maybe take the time to pack away those ornaments and lights. Or better yet, put up your feet, put on a face mask and give yourself a manicure. Maybe use some glittery polish. It is New Year’s Eve, after all.
I’m guessing lots of you moms will be honoring your momiform of the year by wearing it all day on December 31 and into the first day of January 1. If those yoga pants, long T-shirts and oversized cardigans are perfect for school drop-offs, Target runs and play dates, they’re just as great for celebrating the new year. This is a night when we moms get to do…pretty much the same thing we do every night — read bedtime stories; pull favorite pajamas from overflowing laundry piles; tuck in little ones with their stuffed animals and blankets; and then stay up binge-watching Netflix with the spouse.
Whatever your New Year’s Eve celebration at home looks like, here’s hoping it’s a relaxing and enjoyable one.