These Christmas stockings from 1998 were perhaps my best attempt at doing a great job of filling Christmas stockings for our children.
These Christmas stockings from 1998 were perhaps my best attempt at doing a great job of filling Christmas stockings for our children.  We open gifts on Christmas Eve, and stockings are a special part of Christmas morning.

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Christmas stockings are a tradition my family has enjoyed for generations. When we were little, on Christmas eve, we searched through Dad’s sock drawer, each picking out the biggest stocking we could find to hang on a nail on the fireplace. In the morning they would be lying on the hearth, stuffed with unusually shaped items. Since we lived in Africa at the time, there might be some peanuts (groundnuts) in the shell, or occasionally some tree nuts. We were excited to find a Cadbury candy bar or some peppermints, and there might be a little ball, matchbox car, pick-up sticks, or jacks.  There always was an orange in the toe.

The favored "Winnie the Pooh stocking holder, that was the center of the yearly contest.
The favored “Winnie the Pooh stocking holder, that was the center of the yearly contest.

In the past 10 years or so, at our house, a “contest” of sorts has occurred in the weeks prior to Christmas, between “Boo” and her eldest brother, Evan. This contest is all about which one gets to have their stocking hung on THE “Winnie the Pooh” stocking holder. Before he and his wife moved out of state, he would regularly remove her stocking and place his on that precious holder, and as soon as she saw it, she would move it back. The contest even involved occasional hiding of the offending stocking. Once it wasn’t discovered until the next December. He has since married and moved clear across the country.  We miss the fun they had!

 I bought material to sew new ones, using a current Christmas stocking as a pattern, and each kiddo decorated his or her own stocking.
I bought material to sew new ones, using a current Christmas stocking as a pattern, and each kiddo decorated his or her own stocking.

Our family generally opens our gifts on Christmas Eve, so stockings are a special part of Christmas morning.  The kids decided, some years ago that everyone needed a stocking. They also wanted to have a part in filling everyone’s stockings. This meant that it was time for Mom and Dad to have their own.  In order for all of the stockings to match, (sorry, I’m like that) I bought material and we sewed new ones, using a current Christmas stocking as a pattern,  Each one decorated his or her own stocking (except Dad.) Their desire to place items in their parents stockings pleased us, because it showed that they were growing up and thinking of others before themselves.

I still struggle with clever ideas for Christmas Stockings, especially things within a budget, here are  toys under $5 each  and some pretty nifty inexpensive kitchen “stuffers,” also bargain priced, inexpensive games. So if you are as stumped as I get at times, take a look here for a lot of great stocking stuffer ideas. This year each of us who will be home for the holidays, picked a name and became totally responsible to fill another family member’s Christmas stocking!  I’ll report back to let you know how it goes!

Each year, I’ve included an ornament in our children’s stocking so that they would have their own array of ornaments when they established a household. We use a permanent marker to write the year on the bottom. Now that the youngest are in their twenties they all have amassed enough to decorate a small tree of their own.  Recently we sent our youngest son and his wife the stash of ornaments he had acquired over his 23+ years.


In each stocking, there is always candy, often purchased during the October candy sales. There usually is a new pair of unique socks – fuzzy or with toes for the girls – and a pair of snazzy dress socks for the guys. We try to include a small toy as well and perhaps some nail polish for the girls or a clever gadget for the guys.


And of course, there is always an orange in the toe.

For great Christmas shopping ideas check out
What to Buy in December!

 

 

CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

7 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

  • December 18, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    I love your matching family stockings and great idea to include an ornament and write the year on the bottom, I think I will have to borrow that idea!

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    • December 21, 2015 at 7:54 am
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      Thanks, Joy! We have adult children who are grateful for the ornaments.

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  • December 20, 2015 at 6:27 am
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    What a beautiful tradition! And you are great for trying to find a new one every single year!

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  • December 21, 2015 at 3:17 am
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    We’re doing breakfast in stockings this year! Except my stockings have gone missing so I had to buy temporary stockings until we can find them hopefully they’re in boxes somewhere from our moves and not thrown away or taken to Goodwill. … 🙁

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    • December 21, 2015 at 7:52 am
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      Oh, I hope not!! I do love your “breakfast in stockings” idea.

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  • December 22, 2015 at 1:21 am
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    LOL! Love the pictures! Great family memories 🙂

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    • December 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm
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      Thanks, Kelly! Our eldest son is an absolute nut!

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