“…and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nick would soon be there.” ¬†This is one of my favorite lines from the Christmas Story. While we have rarely had a place with a mantle to hang our stockings from, and when we do, it never looks as lovely as pictured here,¬†we have a lot of fun filling the stockings with little gifts of fun.
There seems to be several different versions of how the stocking tradition started, but all seem to center around St. Nick tossing bags of gold into stockings hung by the fire to dry to a family that he knew would not accept the gift directly. I don’t know about you, but my family has no problem accepting gifts! ¬†Here are some of our favorites.
An orange in the toe, topped by candy starts the stuffing of the stockings. Of course, each person receives their favorite candy and is allowed to eat it on Christmas morning, so there’s only a few pieces included. We usually try to include a chocolate, foil-wrapped Santa and then the fun starts.
The ages of the recipients have a lot to do with what else you might throw in there. My school aged children get fun erasers or little note packs. The girls always love jewelry, so I find bracelets, rings and necklaces (play jewelry) to include. My sons get baseball cards or whatever trading cards they are¬†collecting that year. If you have older kids, a thumb drive or small electronics always got a groan, but were useful for the school year.
My husband is obsessed with Pez and Star Wars, so something along those lines make their way into his stocking. Neat pocket tools are always fun, but they tend to end up in my drawer for me to use (BONUS!).
My stocking is always filled with my favorite candy, drawings and trinkets from my kids and usually a gift card or two to my favorite restaurant or spa.