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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnesotaMike View Post
    When I was a kid, we all (including my parents) had red stockings with white furry tops. My mom wrote everyone's name in gold glitter on the top white part. Now that I'm a parent, we got the same kind of stockings and I made them all the same way with names and glitter. I went from being "Michael" to "Dad".
    I love retro decorations! When I went shopping the closest I could find was this:




    But I wanted an all felt stocking with the white cuff looking like dripping snow.

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    My husband and I have large handmade stockings. A friend made them for us about 30 years ago, when we were first married. I have the red stockings with white tops for my daughters. I also display (but don't fill)stockings for all my nieces and nephews (14 of them). They are musical, furry red and white with a mini stuffed toy attached to the front of them.
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    I had to lay down the law with my parents and my wife's parents. They BOTH wanted to keep putting out stockings like they have done for so many years. I had to tell them that Santa fills stockings for the boys (their grandchildren) at HOME...not at Grandma's house. They still hang stockings as decorations, but have agreed not to fill them for my sons. That's OUR (I mean Santa's) job!!
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    :gingerbread:

    About 5 years ago, my mum made all of us themed stockings, freehand!! They were so great!! They also held alot too!! I always get dark chocolate, ginger chews, oranges, a gift card for a small denomination (like 5 or 10 dollars), and socks or mittens!! I also LOVE coffee and tea, so sometimes I will get specialty tea bags, or a small bag of grounds!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshmallow World View Post
    Maybe you can help me understand why Christmas stockings mean family togetherness and unity to you. I really want to understand that.

    My mother's six children did not have stockings growing up and my husband and I only put up stockings a few times for our children. I never knew what to put in stockings. Older children aren't interested in cheap gifts and we couldn't afford expensive gifts. I thought, "Why spend ten dollars per stocking on something no one wants and who can spend fifty dollars times four for children's stockings?"

    Well the way I see it, stockings are the most personal of the gifts. It's little things that show how well you know the person and went to the extra effort.For example one year I was having a Christmas dinner for my friends (most of the people in DC are from some place else) and I thought it would be nice to make a stocking for everybody.Stockings were always a big thing in my family and I wanted to share that with my friends. Every stocking had a small stuffed animal. One of my friends worked for Warner Brothers, so I gave him a stuffed frog wearing a Santa hat.It wasn't the official WB frog, but it did look like him. Another friend collects Teddy Bears, so naturally her stuffed animal was a bear. Red Skins fans got Red Skins address books etc. Everybody really appreciated the thought that went in to their stockings. I have to admit the cost of all those cheap things does add up, but I really enjoy doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JollyElfDC View Post
    Well the way I see it, stockings are the most personal of the gifts. It's little things that show how well you know the person and went to the extra effort.For example one year I was having a Christmas dinner for my friends (most of the people in DC are from some place else) and I thought it would be nice to make a stocking for everybody.Stockings were always a big thing in my family and I wanted to share that with my friends. Every stocking had a small stuffed animal. One of my friends worked for Warner Brothers, so I gave him a stuffed frog wearing a Santa hat.It wasn't the official WB frog, but it did look like him. Another friend collects Teddy Bears, so naturally her stuffed animal was a bear. Red Skins fans got Red Skins address books etc. Everybody really appreciated the thought that went in to their stockings. I have to admit the cost of all those cheap things does add up, but I really enjoy doing it.
    What you did was really nice and I'm sure it was appreciated. However, I was a SAHM who grew up slightly underprivileged; my father wasn't poor but after my parents' divorce, things were kind of difficult. My mom didn't understand that children like to have the kind of clothes and toys that their friends have. Both of my parents had lived through the Depression. My husband and I were living in the high income DC area and trying to survive on one income. The odd thing is that I don't think our children do stockings for their children either. I could be wrong; I think I'll ask them.

    After the kids grew up and left home, I started hanging stockings mainly for the decoration. Neither one of us really cares what is in them.

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    I like the stocking holders myself..strictly for decoration thought, last year when we put stuff in the stockings the holders came flying down...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshmallow World View Post
    What you did was really nice and I'm sure it was appreciated. However, I was a SAHM who grew up slightly underprivileged; my father wasn't poor but after my parents' divorce, things were kind of difficult. My mom didn't understand that children like to have the kind of clothes and toys that their friends have. Both of my parents had lived through the Depression. My husband and I were living in the high income DC area and trying to survive on one income. The odd thing is that I don't think our children do stockings for their children either. I could be wrong; I think I'll ask them.

    After the kids grew up and left home, I started hanging stockings mainly for the decoration. Neither one of us really cares what is in them.
    I hope you didn't think I was some how judging you for not being in to stockings. What I was trying to say is some of those little things can be a lot more personal than a big gift under the tree. Mind you thoughtfulness depends on the person. I always try and put a lot of thought in to other people's gifts, but more often than not, the gifts I get are pretty generic.I think we all know the difference between a thoughtful gift and a running through the mall grabbing something gift. I don't complain or anything, but when I get a Hickory farms gift basket with sausage (one of the few foods I will not eat) I know they were just checking off a name on shopping list. That doesn't make them bad people. They just don't view Chrismas the same way as those of us the forum do.

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    Christmas Stockings have always been a big tradition in our family. My Mother knitted them for my sister and I as well as for many of my cousins. When I married my wife got one and as our children came along they each received one on their first Christmas. Now that my mother has passed my Daughter-in-law has taken up the task and my grandsons each have one made with the same love and care using their Great Grandmothers pattern.

    At our house they have always been the first gifts of Christmas morning. They were always a great pacifier for the kids while Dad worked on breakfast and Mom made herself presentable for the inevitable round the tree present opening photos. They are as much a part of our Christmas as the tree. I can’t begin to recount the treasures that mine has held in 50 plus Christmases.

    You can see in the photo that mine is faded and Santa’s fuzzy Angora beard has a definite green tint .My mother said it was due to the particular brand of yarn she used at the time. She offered to make me a replacement and since then my Daughter-in-law has offered to do the same but I wouldn’t trade that old thing for a bag of gold.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa_Christmas View Post
    Christmas Stockings have always been a big tradition in our family. My Mother knitted them for my sister and I as well as for many of my cousins. When I married my wife got one and as our children came along they each received one on their first Christmas. Now that my mother has passed my Daughter-in-law has taken up the task and my grandsons each have one made with the same love and care using their Great Grandmothers pattern.

    At our house they have always been the first gifts of Christmas morning. They were always a great pacifier for the kids while Dad worked on breakfast and Mom made herself presentable for the inevitable round the tree present opening photos. They are as much a part of our Christmas as the tree. I can’t begin to recount the treasures that mine has held in 50 plus Christmases.

    You can see in the photo that mine is faded and Santa’s fuzzy Angora beard has a definite green tint .My mother said it was due to the particular brand of yarn she used at the time. She offered to make me a replacement and since then my Daughter-in-law has offered to do the same but I wouldn’t trade that old thing for a bag of gold.
    I love traditions like that! Whose is the second stocking from the left?

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