Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Stockings

Christmas isn't just about opening presents on Christmas Eve. When I was a little girl my mother started a tradition of having Christmas stockings to open on Christmas morning. She didn't want us to feel like Christmas was "over". So she filled our stockings with candy, small toys, and lots of love.

Both my brother and I have continued this tradition. I introduced it to my husband and later to my son-in-law. There is something about watching others open their small gifts, eat their candy or drink their hot chocolate that come out of those stockings that touches my heart.

Does your family do Christmas stockings? If so, what do you normally find them?


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Lovely tradition.

We've never done stockings - don't really know why but this is sweet.

Kara Lynn Russell said...

I love Christmas stockings. I grew up on a dairy farm and chores had to come before opening Christmas presents. Of course even when we were too young to help, my brother and I were always wide awake early on Christmas morning. We were allowed to take down our stockings and empty them while we waited for my parents to finish with milking. To me, those little gifts are still the most magical part of gift-opening. It's true that good things some in small packages.