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Thread: The stockings were hung by the chimney with care . . .

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    We had knee socks for stockings til I was about 5. My older sister would wake us up about 5:30 but we weren't allowed downstairs til 6 so we'd lay on our stomachs and peer down the stairs at the clock in the living room. The stockings contained a very precious orange or tangerine, maybe LifeSavers, hair clips, mini deck of cards (Old Maid, Go Fish), and socks. We'd start pestering Mom and Dad to get up about 7 am. With 6 children they didn't get much sleep. and poor Santa often worked late into the night putting together some things for my brother. I still have the granny square stocking my Mom made for my 1st married Christmas. I'm not in the mood for Christmas decorating this year, but thanks to this thread I think I'll bring out the stocking and a lighted ceramic tree my sister made me.

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    Oh, I have to chime in on this! I never hung a stocking as a child (we were lucky to have Christmas at all) but we have always done so for our children. Still do to this day, along with ones for the grands. My DH shops all year for odds (and I do mean odd) and ends to toss in the stockings - rubber snakes, whirlygigs, tiny puzzles - anything fun and unexpected. The year they all got those rubbery spiders you throw at the wall - they cling and then gradually "walk" down the wall - was fun. I, on the other hand, contribute toothbrushes, face wipes, brushes - little necessities. And occasionally something nice from James Avery for the girls. But the Christmas stockings are always a highlight of our day.

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    school supplies for those in school and some treats

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    My adult kids remember the stockings more than anything - they didn't want the stockings to end when they moved out.
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    Love this thread!! My "children" (ages 34, 29, and 25) all receive new toothbrushes and floss.. fleece gloves, a new scarf, maybe a new flashlight, batteries, and yes, plenty of fruit!! We usually hide some money in another small gift... like unwrap and rewrap a stick of gum, placing the money in the gum... or finding some small toy that has a little opening and getting the money in there... One year, we carefully opened walnuts and then glued them back together!! fun times...

    When I was a teenager, my sisters and I decided we needed to fill stockings for Momma and Daddy... after a couple of years, my older sis suggested (on Christmas Eve, as we were filling their socks... we would head to bed with a sheet covering up their socks and then Santa would fill our socks)... anyway, she suggested we hide the rest of the fruit... great idea... we left a little note in the fruit bin: "Ho Ho HO"!!! We received potatoes, onions and carrots in our socks with a little note: "Ho HO HO!!!!" great memory!!! Merry Christmas everyone!!
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    We didn't have stockings, but we got fruit and nuts and candy for christmas...
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    I stuff stockings for teenagers with favorite gum, a candy bar, lip balm, new razors, maybe a magazine or gift card for iTunes or amazon.

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    I, too, used one of my father's socks because it was bigger. I'm ashamed to say I don't remember what I ever found in my stocking. But I sure have a good time filling my husband's, kids and their spouses, and grandson's. I wonder at what point that will stop. When do they take over the tradition in their own homes? It really does get expensive, but I would miss not doing it.

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    At home we didn't get a stocking, but we would go to the firehouse and see Santa and we would get a mesh stocking with a big red apple, an orange and walnuts too. Thanks for the memory.

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    We are old fashioned enough that our kids still get apples, oranges and English walnuts in their stockings. We also do little cars, lipsticks, eyeshadow and either lifesaver books or tootsie roll banks. We have 9 children, but the 4 left at home are the only ones we will fill stockings for this year.
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    Oh, I remember my dad going to the local fruit stand to hand pick the oranges, apples, satsumas and walnuts for our stockings. Then maybe a box of sparklers to light that night. We used knee socks, too. We might get a lip gloss, toothbrush, hair clips and things like that. I don't know how my Mom and Dad did it because we did not grow up rich. But I can't ever remember a Christmas when we didn't get what was on our "Santa List"!!

    I now have handmade stockings for my grandchildren. I still have their dads' stockings and it's a running joke each year that now that THEY have kids, just the kids get filled stockings!!!! I just had to cut back a little with 6 grands!! But I do have their stockings stored with the rest. Wherever we hold Christmas, the kids get their stockings first. They dumped them out and sort what they got and the stockings are ready to come back home with me. Many a piece of chocolate, especially Hershey's Kisse, got eaten before breakfast...not that the kids need any more to excite them! LOL

    My sons now have started traditions with their own families. Sometimes, it's just bundling up and driving around to see all the Christmas lights until the kids wind down and they can get them in bed. Then the real fun begins, especially when there are things to be put together!

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    I always got apples, oranges, nuts and candy in my Christmas stocking. We usually only got one present from mom and one from dad, and maybe one from SAnta when we were little, but then as we got older, we no longer had the gifts from Santa. I think Christmas was so much easier when I was growing up then now. We were always satisfied with the things we got at Christma, even though we didn't get very much.
    Now a days, the kids get way too many toys, and they don't appreciate them at all.

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    A half dollar in the toe then a piece if fruit a coloring book (roll it) box crayons, a little matchbox car or a pretty little bracelet, a big gum ball(one of those fancy ones you get in a machine),, a small hand held game ( tilt games are fun and fit in a stocking) and of course a candy cane, Add a noise maker to be used at New Years,a small sketch pad /note pad, nail polish,Boy Scout knife, lip stick (light pink that tasted like strawberries) Penciles with a name on them,perfume (lilly of the Vally was my first)a rolled pair of scocks (fun ones with different color toes)
    I use to love to come up with ideas when the kids were small.It was so much fun. Hope all these help. Sure once you get started you will get your own ideas.

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    Glad I started this thread. It is fun hearing about other families' traditions. I just came back from shopping for stocking stuffers, but my problem is I can't remember who gets what and I always have too much for one and not enough to fill another. For instance, everyone will get some candy, but did I get enough small items for son-in-law? He wouldn't appreciate hand cream or lipstick. So I end up just buying a load of stuff and sort it out at home.

    I have to mention a funny experience we had one year with my grandson. He was about five, and he noticed that all the gifts for him said they were from Santa. When everything was opened, he turned to Poppa and me and said, "Hey, all these are from Santa. What did you guys give me?" From then on, I started putting Grandma and Pop on the tags.

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    We don't do stocking now that we are grown ups , but my gilrfriend's husband always calls me looking for ideas for "bulky" items to fill her stocking! LOL
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    I tried to hang up one of my mom's nylons one year in hopes that I'd get it full of goodies! I didn't! It was only filled about to the knee, but I can still remember hearing Santa laugh when he went into the living room. For DGD, I put hair goodies socks, lip gloss, CDs, gloves and whatever else I can find that's cute. For DGS I put socks super hero undies, cologne, candy, DVDs, etc. My mantle looks so pretty, right now!

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    Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, sugar free gum, hankies, Barrett's, headbands, nail polish, nail files, fingernail clippers. Walk down the aisles in the dollar store, you can fill a stocking with useful things for every age.

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    Joyce, Thanks for jogging the memories! Yes, we used one of our socks and we put it up with our letter a couple of weeks before. I can't remember what we got in it but it was just a little bit of something to eat.

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