Thursday, 23 December 2010

Stockings!


In our household, the stockings are for The Children. I don't recall ever having one when I was growing up - which isn't a bid for sympathy, I've already mentioned that we had pillowcases instead! - but when The Children were born I was very certain that I wanted them to have stockings to hang each Christmas. I have occasionally prepared one for The Doctor, but it isn't really something we do for the adults. (I wouldn't say no if ever anyone offered to do one for me, but as yet that hasn't happened!)


The stockings themselves aren't anything all that special. They're not exactly lovingly embroidered heirlooms... I did cross-stitch and personalise a small stocking for each child but those are hung on the tree and are only big enough for a treat-size bar of chocolate anyway. The ones we have now are made of red fluffy fabric, one with bits of gold sparkle and the other with silver, and I think I picked them up from Asda a couple of years ago. But it's not the outside that interests The Children, it's the contents!


They hang their stockings just before going to bed on Christmas Eve. The Girl has a bedpost to her bed so she hangs hers there; The Boy puts his on the inside of his doorknob. And then they try hard to go to sleep, because after all Father Christmas won't come till you're fast asleep, whether you believe in him or not...


Father Christmas is a kind of postman to us - a courier - who delivers the gifts, but they're not actually from him. (That's why they have gift tags on them, and that's why we write thank you notes afterwards!) There's often a little something from him under the tree as well, but really his gift to The Children is what goes into the stocking. It always includes some chocolate and a little toy or two, and it always includes a book so if over-excited children can't get back to sleep they can at least read quietly until a more reasonable hour. Each item is individually gift-wrapped so the stocking experience lasts as long as possible. Father Christmas puts a lot of thought into those stockings! It is, after all, the first taste of Christmas Day, and he likes it to be special....

14 comments:

jillconyers said...

The mini stockings are too cute!

Kirsty.a said...

lOvely page. lovely journalling

Ruth said...

I'm looking forward to DS being of an age where he can enjoy a Christmas stocking. And you weren't alone, we all had pillowcases in lieu of stockings!

Cheri said...

That Father Christmas is one cool dude(ette)!

I hang the stockings for all five of us each year. I fill the girls and usually have a few small items to put in Jay's. Mine, sadly, remains empty year after year. Seems my Santa is very slow to take a hint!

Sarah said...

This is gorgeous and so sweet. Love the idea of the book in the stockings. Can't remember if we had stockings or not, but there was always something outside the bedroom doors on Christmas mornings.

My sister does stockings for her children and when they were little and believed in Santa, she'd do herself a stocking using things she already had around the house and toiletries she'd bought to replace empty bottles. The children never knew and thought that their Mum must have been good all year too.

Hope you and your family have a great Christmas xx

scrappyjacky said...

Like you...our tradition has always been the presents in the stocking are from Santa....everything else is from 'real' people. But everyone has a stocking in our house...in fact, buying and wrapping the presents for my stocking are probably OH's only contribution to the xmas preparations!!
I did suggest to the DDs they were too old for stockings...their reply..."so how come you and dad aren't"....can't argue with that....so the tradition continues!

Mary B said...

Father Christmas is so good isn't he.

JO SOWERBY said...

i have my stocking hung up and the parents are finished and filled,
Jo xxx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

We have stocking just for the kids too.

This is mostly because DH always forgets to get something for mine so everyone but me got something in their stocking. After 3 years of this I said no more adult stockings.

Amy said...

We are not stocking people here either ... but your mini ones are super cute Mel :-)

Latharia said...

Okay, you get top prize for those super cute stockings. Wow. And I kind of absconded with your to-do list idea & wrote my items on tags. :)

Sian said...

You know we are pillowcase people too - but we have felt stockings the kids made when they were little as well. They don't hold a lot though!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great job documenting your tradition Mel. I stuff the stockings with unwrapped items, including many practical things like toothbrushes, hair pretties (for the girl), Axe toiletries (for the boy); a video; a bit of candy and a gift card. They're really just to keep the kids occupied until it's time to open the real presents.
Rinda

Rachel B said...

This is very similar to what used to happen in our house (when I lived at home) at the moment we are trying out different childhood traditions while we can. Next year we will have to decide on some though :)