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

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

    . . . in the hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

    How many others remember when your Christmas stocking was a clean sock from your drawer? I can't be the only one who did that as a child. We didn't get lottery tickets or jewelry in our stockings either. We got big, red apples, large, perfect oranges, and walnuts. It wasn't till I had kids of my own that stores started selling fancy stockings. And if I tried to give my kids what I received as a child they would've looked at me as if I'd given them coal, which is another thing that's completely foreign to them.

    I admit the stockings today are a lot more attractive than an old sock, but they're sure expensive to fill. I can't find anything cheap that will fit in the stocking even in the dollar store.

    What do you put in your kids' or grandkids' stockings?

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    I remember those stocking and todat as u said my DS and GD wouldn't no what to think my sister and i were just talking about those days gone by....

    As for stocking fillers i put coloring books,candies,gum,hankies, CD,etc.for GD
    Son's-his favorite hard candies,gum,CD,little smell good things for his truck,etc

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    Now we send gift cards for Christmas. In the past we put coloring books, crayons, chocolates, small toys.

    My Mom used to put candy canes, fruit and coloring books and walnuts in ours when we were kids.

    My Gram put fruit and nuts in my Mom's and Aunts stockings when they were kids.
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    My aunt knit a Christmas stocking for me in the 40s. I still have it and I'll be 70 tomorrow. We received an orange, an apple, sometimes socks or underwear. My aunt made similiar stockings for my daughters in the 60s.
    My kids got an orange or apple in the toe, at least one pair or socks (it became a running joke in the family that the girls got socks each year--hey, they always needed socks) some candy, small toy, something small that was appropriate to their ages.
    When oldest daughter was a teenager, she realized she, her sister and dad always got stockings from Santa and I didn't. From then on, I received a filled stocking also. The family has continued the tradition. I have everyone over for dinner Christmas Eve. There are bags hidden in the bedroom with everyone's name on it; my daughters and I each contribute to all the bags. They're taken home, Santa's elves fill the stockings and hang by the chimney with care. We all open our stockings at home on Christmas morning.

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    Hi, gramajo, and happy birthday. I just turned 70 yesterday. Can't believe it myself; I sure don't feel 70.

    It's nice to hear everyone's thoughts on Christmas stockings, isn't it?

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    I have cross-stitched all 3 grandchildren and 1 gr-grandson a stocking..the oldest is 26 and every year..they have to have the Lifesaver candy books in there stocking...if there is nothing else..I found them this year at Big Lots..so picked them up...hard to find sometimes...I remember as a kid we got an apple, orange and a peppermint stick..wow..times have changed....but we were happy to get it...One year we went to a parade and Santa Claus was throwing out little china dolls...my mom got one for all three of her girls...we were really small and she would hang them on our tree...I still have those today..and I am 70 now...quite a treasure..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyce DeBacco View Post
    Hi, gramajo, and happy birthday. I just turned 70 yesterday. Can't believe it myself; I sure don't feel 70.

    It's nice to hear everyone's thoughts on Christmas stockings, isn't it?
    Happy birthday to you too, Joyce.

    I agree with everything you said, both age-related and hearing about all the Christmas stockings.

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    We also had socks for stockings for years - always had an apple, orange, small candy and maybe some small toy - I really don't remember when we got a store bought stocking - and I am only 47 - so I grew up with the same.

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    I remember borrowing my dads sock because it was bigger. lol
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    We always just had socks from our drawer when we were kids. I remember the year I hung up a pair of my leotards (tights), and told my 4 brothers that I'd get lots more than they did! Santa stuffed them full of newspaper. We always got a few tangerines, walnuts, foil-wrapped chocolate balls, maybe a marshmallow Santa, and a small item, such as ponytail holders. One year there was a cute little elf peeping out the top of my stocking. I've been putting it on my tree for the past 47 years, and it brings back fond memories. I made crewel embroidered stockings for my two kids and quilted snowmen on stockings for my two grandkids. They are treasured holiday traditions for each of them.

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    I put ear rings , hair ties, brush, makeup in the girls stocking along with candy, gift cards , deck of cards, toothbrushes, if i need a filler a cute pair of socks or two , a new ornament for the next year, I don't normally do a lot of candy so will put in Beef jerky, granola bars, fruit snacks,sometimes little bags of cookies. Boys hot wheel cars maybe a game . i just look for little items. for me it isn't real hard.
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    Oh and remember the new toothbrush inside it too!!!
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    We did have stockings but plain ones since everyone got the same thing. We also got oranges and nuts and candy inours. We were raised by our grandparents though. My grandmother still thought in the 60's that 2 dresses were enough, one for school and one for church. I never had more than 5 though.. LOL

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    Holy smokes, you transported me back to my childhood in an instant!! Yes, your own sock and fruit in it, maybe candy and a coin. I too have often wondered what my kids would think, and now, I wonder what my grandkids would think! I have made Christmas stockings for all my kids and grandchildren now, and yes, are they ever expensive to fill!! Thanks for the memories. Merry Christmas.
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    Forget about little socks at the end of the bed...we tied pillow cases at the bottom of our beds.

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    We had plenty of presents, but I don't remember any stockings as a child. We have stockings now, and I stuff them with candy as it's a goody we don't normally buy. Of course, if I didn't buy my own stocking candy, the stocking would be empty. Ask me how I know. LOL!!
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    I still use the biggest apples and oranges I can find to fill the bottom of the stocking. I then add tooth brushes and tooth paste and other supplies I would have to buy them during the year. (deodorant, face wash, sport socks..etc) Divide a large package of gum and candies. If I have money left I add something they would like personally.

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    Merry Christmas to all!
    Now for the stockings: You can't have a stocking without an orange/tangerine and nuts in the bottom; some cookies are always good; one or two small gifts! I always had the idea that the food in the stocking should equal a small breakfast. This was to hold us over until we had opened all the presents and can have a full 'Christmas' breakfast.
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    Stockings were so much fun! I have no kids so I can only reminisce about the ones we had growing up. They were red with a white cuff and of course, had our name on them. There were 5 of us kids and we weren't allowed to go open presents until 6 am, when the parents and Grandma were up for the event, but we could get our stockings at 5! Not having a fireplace, they were hung along the staircase. That hour provided mom and dad with a little more sleep and got us even more excited. We found socks small toys sometimes makeup (for us girls) in our stockings and sometimes, and this was the best, BATTERIES! Batteries meant that there was something under the tree that required them, thus building the anticipation, then, way down in the toe, we would often find a big juicy tangerine!
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    My daughters could open/explore their stockings as soon as they got up. Like someone else said, it let us sleep a little longer. When they were older, they brought our stockings to us in bed along with a cup of coffee. Then we had to get up so all could see what Santa had brought.

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    I'm a child of the 50's (early 50's LOL) we had xmas stockins with an apple an orange and a tanrerine, nuts and a popcorn ball along with chocolate candy coins and coloring books and crayons. I still put the fruit and nuts, popcorn balls in the kids/grand kids stockings they love it. My mother in law allways used new tube socks for the stockings and before we left we had to empty them into a bag as the socks were for my FIL. LOL Love memories as our parents are no longer with us.
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    I remember the old clean sock. Knee-hi socks were the best. There would be an orange with occasionally a 50 cent piece plus assorted shelled mixed nuts and best of all would be the mixture of Lucky Charms and Fruit Loops cereal in the stocking. Sometimes there would be the gold foil wrapped chocolate coins (pirate's treasure) in with the cereal. The dry cereal and nuts would all be mixed together. DH had essentially the same tradition. I do remember the books of Lifesavers candies that used to be available around Christmas time.
    My girls used to get an orange but not any more as neither of them eat oranges but always some special candy and some small present and occasionally some money but usually a gas or I-Tunes gift card. We usually have decks of playing cards in them also because we play card games at the house.
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    I remember those days, too. Yep - we had one of our socks hanging somewhere. We didn't always have a mantle. M&D would put fruit in them, too. Those were the days, my friend. We didn't realize how much fun we had, nor the problems we were having, until we became adults.
    We fill plastic shoe boxes (some are furnished card board ones), with little dollar items or whatever will fit in the box. Right now some of us at church have started on pillow case dresses, bibs for another group, etc. Not all these little dresses are done by pillow cases - some are made from scratch from material that we have in our "stash". These boxes are shipped then by another organization to the needy children in various countries. It makes you feel really good that we can contribute things like that.
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    my three year old grandson is getting his stocking stuff in a hat this year. He doesn't 'get' the stocking thing
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    Gosh, it's nice to reminisce about the olden days, isn't it? Sometimes I wish we could go back and visit just for a little while. I'm not sure I want to give up all the modern conveniences we have today, but a little while would be okay. I especially wish we could relive those Christmases with our parents and grandparents and cousins. How much fun we had then. But I suppose our kids and grandkids will be saying the same thing about their "old-fashioned Christmases" in about twenty years time.

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