December Ditties – 2018 Blog(mas) And the Stockings were hung…

but I can’t say “by the chimney with care” because we don’t have a fireplace anymore.  I wish we did. 

The stocking in the middle here is our oldest daughter, Amanda’s.  She got it for her first Christmas from her grandparents in Oregon and has used it ever since, even though the rest of us have stockings with our names on them. 

Last year since my mom was going to be with us for Christmas and we had one of my husband’s friends staying here, we added a few stockings to the wall.  

When the kids were little and wanted us to get up at some ungodly hour on Christmas morning we would say…”We’ll be up in a little bit, why don’t you see what Santa put in your stockings.”  That might buy us another half hour or so but the risk was that they would eat the candy that was usually in there and be hyper.  Sometimes I remembered to say “Don’t eat the candy!”

Now that they are all older and living on their own “Santa” puts more practical gifts in there like travel size toiletries, lotto tickets, socks that kind of stuff.  Yeah, a couple of pieces of candy too. 

Do you have stockings?  Have a fireplace to hang them by?  What do you use as stocking stuffers? 

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20 Responses to December Ditties – 2018 Blog(mas) And the Stockings were hung…

  1. Laurie says:

    My adult sons (the youngest is 34) are so disappointed that we don’t do stockings anymore. With daughters-in-law and grandchildren, it got to be too much. Maybe I will buy some small stockings this year and fill them. The guys would love it!

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  2. joey says:

    My mother made all our stockings, mine before I left home, three when we got married, and two more before each of the last babies were born. Mine is significantly bigger, more than 3x the size of theirs, because ‘only’ heh. Ours sometimes hang from the top of the bookshelf and sometimes over the pass thru. We’ve never had a fireplace. I only ever had one home with a fireplace. I always think it would be nice, but we didn’t use it much, so hard to say.
    Strangely, this year, visiting child said she and Moo have the same stocking, and asked her mother to send a photo of it, and lo and behold, it was the same felt kit stocking. They were slightly varied, beading a bit different, personal touch and all that, but same one. I sent a photo of that to my mother and we marveled. Visiting child’s grandmother made hers too. Very sweet.

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  3. ghostmmnc says:

    Christmas stockings are fun. We never had a fireplace, either, so they were hung on the wall, or just nestled among the packages. I made our girls a giant stockings which they still use, and then I made some for their husbands, and the grandkids. We even had them for the dogs and cats! 🙂

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Barbara, I draw the line at the animals. We’ve had stockings up for significant others but one of our daughters had a major break up and now I’m trying to erase this guy from our family photos – LOL.

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  4. Shelley says:

    LOL – yep, we would say, see what’s in your stockings so we could wake up and get a cup of coffee before the packages were opened! We still fill their stockings and they are always the first to be opened. Right there with you on the practical stuff they need – they count on new toothbrushes and toothpaste instead of candy now! Fun memories you shared!

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  5. John Holton says:

    We don’t decorate for Christmas, but Mary has made a few stockings in her time, both full-sized and small enough to hang on a Christmas tree. She teaches a class on how to do the latter, too…

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Mary sounds like my kind of gal. As I’ve said, our “decorating” gets less and less each year but I can’t seem to part with all the decorations we have!


  6. Ally Bean says:

    Here’s a sad story. Years and years ago when we were young newlyweds, Z-D and I bought ourselves two fancy wool handmade Christmas stockings. Pricey, they were. So pretty.

    Welp, there was one year when we moved house twice during the year, and come to find out the house we lived in from January through August had moths in the attic where we stored our Christmas stuff. We figured this out after we moved into our second house that year, when we went to decorate with our Christmas stuff and found our beloved stockings in tatters.

    Since then we’ve had inexpensive Christmas stockings that while pretty, have no sentimental value to us at all. The end.

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  7. LA says:

    My daughter has a stocking. There’s always candy and whatever is tiny. I don’t necessarily buy stuff to put in it, I just put the little stuff in, so her stocking usually has jewelry (costume) or headphones or things like that

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