Christmas is almost here! Maybe you’ve already started your shopping or maybe you’re already done!
If you’re like me, you always forget one crucial component of gift giving – stockings!
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We have needlepoint stockings from Land’s End and they are decorative and functional. I love that my family will have heirloom quality Christmas decorations for the rest of their lives. They each have their name embroidered into the stocking, too.
Growing up, our stockings were filled with “little” wrapped gifts that we would open around the Christmas breakfast table (waffles and bacon, always). I remember being unenthused as a small child, because after all it takes some growing up to realize that the best things really do come in the smallest packages!
How did stockings become a part of Christmas?
Well, it’s complicated. There are many stories floating around the internet. Here is the most common one, as explained on Bustle:
While there is no known written record of the Christmas stocking’s origins, in many folk tales, the stocking is linked to the idea of Saint Nicholas (or Santa Claus, as he is colloquially known) as a gift giver. The poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” published nearly 200 years ago in 1823, clearly describes the importance of stockings: “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,/In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.”– see more on Bustle.com
Do I Need to Do Christmas Stockings?
Nope! You can always skip stockings for kids and they won’t know any different. Especially with little, little kids, these aren’t necessities. We plan on putting things we already need to buy for our baby wrapped in her stocking, like socks. There is no need to break the bank for babies who are going to be more excited for tissue paper.
However, if stockings are your jam and your looking for some inexpensive, useful gifts, look no further!
Check out these simple last-minute stocking stuffers sure to surprise your little one on Christmas morning.
Does your family do stockings? Does you little one like opening presents?
Let me know below!
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