Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2003 - 6:32pm
toomanynuts's picture
Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

I would like anyones ideas on Stockings? Do you fill them the night before and give them Christmas Morning. Do you put them up at the beginning of the season and fill them each day? What do you fill them with specifically? Do you give a lot of candy what kind? Does any of you do an advent calendar or 12 days before Christmas. Does anyone give gifts before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Happy Holidays!

Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2003 - 6:43pm
Magentis52's picture
Joined: 11/28/2003 - 09:00

You can slap me for this if you like, but what I'd most like to find in "stockings" on Christmas morning is Sandra Bullock!! (or Halle Berry!) [img][/img] [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2003 - 8:48pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Since we don't have a fireplace, our stockings are merely decorations I hang on our living room wall.
I think I'd go broke from buying gifts AND filling stockings. So I'm kind of glad we don't have to fill them! Since it has always been this way, the kids don't think anything of it.

Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2003 - 11:10pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

What I do is fill the stockings with small gifts and leave it at the foot of the bed or somewhere in the kids' bedrooms where they will find it in the morning. The kids wake up very early on Christmas, so they are allowed to go through their stockings quietly and they can't wake us up until it is light outdoors.
Of course, they are not nearly quiet enough, and we always wake up, but they are busy in their rooms with the stockings for a while and we have a chance to snooze/wake up gradually. To make the stockings take longer, all the little gifts are individually wrapped.
We give pencils, gel pens, stickers, Pez candy dispensers, craft and stationery items, dollar store junk, some candy, fancy toothbrushes, Silly Putty, playing cards, hair ornaments...stuff like that.
The kids really love opening their stockings. They don't have to wake us up or ask permission and they don't have to take turns opening, the way we do with gifts under the tree.
Every family seems to do something diferent. This is what we did when I was a kid, so I've ended up doing it the same way my parents did it.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 12:19am
attlun's picture
Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

We put the kids stockings with their presents from "Santa". The presents from santa (1 or 2 things) we put out Christmas Eve unwrapped. Trevor is only 2, and doesn't even know candy exists, so we fill his stocking with little stickers, toys, etc. On Christmas morning, after they look at everything from santa, then they open their presents that are under the tree. This is what my family did growing up, and we just decided to do it the same way. [img][/img]
Trevor 8/6/01
Harmony 1/22/03
Baby #3 due June 24, 2004!

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 3:02am
mattchrismom's picture
Joined: 02/12/2003 - 09:00

I fill the stockings christmas eve after the boys are in bed and leave them with the gifts from Santa which are opened so hubby and I can enjoy our morning coffee and wake up gradually.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 4:01am
Anonymous's picture
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Stockings are put up when our tree goes up. They are home made - gorgeous - and definitely some of our best decorations.
Christmas Eve they get filled, usually with some candy and small presents.
Christmas morning they are leaning against, or on top of, one present from Santa. The kids are allowed to open anything in their stocking and that one present, and let mom and dad sleep in. [img][/img] (Actually, we get to have a coffee in reasonable peace before everything gets started too. [img][/img] [img][/img] )
Our oldest are now 21 and 18, but their stockings still get put out and filled as well.
The other rule when they were small was no getting out of bed until light is coming in your bedroom (or the Christmas magic makes everything disappear). Worked like a charm.
We are usually up before them anyway, have the tree lights on and turkey ready for the oven before they even wake up.
Similar to Sandra for filling it (when they were smaller). Also included blank tapes. Also, everything wrapped individually, and no need to take turns as we do with all the other presents.
toomanynuts also asked about advent calendars. I have a wooden countdown calendar, and my youngest (5 years) has a chocolate calendar. He is [b]not[/b] pa -- there is no warning, but I wouldn't trust it to eat myself as I've never checked on it.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 4:05am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Well, presently, dd's stocking is GIANT! It was sort of a mistake when I ordered it online and didn't realize how big it was' It is personalized with her name. It has worked out fine for the younger years because so many of even the small toys ans things are bigger for little kids. Next year(now that #2 will be here), I will get 2 matching, monogrammed stockings for them that coordinate. Then it will be more normal. Felt the need to explain the size before the contents.
I put decent gifts as well as some candy treats in the stocking. Each of us always gets an ornament in ours(dh and I give one to dd and each to each other and maybe we have even had her give one to each other, I forget). I have given toothbrush, Little Dover Sticker books, small toys(little spinning top or such).
Specifically, this year, I have a puzzle in a smaller box, a "neopet", a frilly princess purse which I filled with Hello Kitty nailpolish, some candy(andes mints, and some seasonal items ordered from Kelly's candies), some small sticker books, a DVD(if it fits) of the Lion King. Thats about it. There will be an ornament.
We do it all Chrsitmas morning. Usually the stockings are done first and we all take turns opening things from them, but allow dd some extras [img][/img]! She actually really enjoys each gift for a bit and takes a long while to open gifts. It can go the whole day if she chooses to enjoy something for awhile. She is very patient(or has been) in that way for a 4 year old! becca

Posted on: Fri, 12/12/2003 - 9:48am
Shawn's picture
Joined: 09/07/1999 - 09:00

LOL, Becca, about your daughter's GIANT stocking - reminds me of the year my aunt tried to make a huge one for my Grandmother, who absolutely loves Christmas stockings. She used gold glitter to write the quote, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" on the front (since that is Gramma's name). It was gorgeous: and two feet by six and a half feet. She had no idea how much stuff it would take to fill the thing up. She and my mother were at Walgreen's on Christmas eve buying rolls of paper towels, toilet paper, light bulbs - anything they could think of to stuff it. Once they did finally fill it up, they couldn't get it in the car.
Gramma, of course, was ecstatic, and swore she would hang it up every year. . . .

Posted on: Fri, 12/12/2003 - 3:42pm
KarenH's picture
Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

I do two things with stockings. One is an "advent stocking" for Ds, who is eight. We just started doing it this year, since I chose not to buy the chocolate advent calendars. He has so much candy, I wanted something different.
So I got him to hang a stocking on his doorknob for his room. Each day I slip in a piece of paper that says things like:
have hot chocolate and a candy cane for dessert!
visit Santa today
1/2 hr extra tv
no dinner chores for you today!
go skating with a friend
video and popcorn night
make Christmas cookies
Mom will play the game of your choice today
read "The Polar Express"
etc. Sometimes I have included a small toy or candy, and so far he is LOVING it. [img][/img] It's been fun! I'm finding too that NOT telling him when we are going to do these things, and allowing him to find out through the stocking is keeping down the excitement levels. (mine gets way too overstimulated this time of year)
Christmas morning stockings get filled with a variety of things. Some candy, socks/pajama stuff, books, small toys, etc. It depends on what I can find. My son is a building maniac so one year we got him a box of nails, and some building sets.
The stocking is filled by Santa and left under the tree. The items in it are usually wrapped so it takes some time to open, and he does this while we wake up and have some coffee.

Posted on: Sat, 12/13/2003 - 12:10am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

Does Santa put an orange or other citrus fruit in anyone else's stocking?
My father is 80, and each year growing up I remember him telling me and my sisters, and now my girls, the story of how when he was a boy he had never tasted an orange. He grew up in "the depression" and his family was poor. Oranges were not readily available in Minnesota in the 1920s, in winter, but he had seen them. He told his father that he would like to know what an orange tasted like, and low and behold, that was his gift from Santa that year. (His one and only gift, BTW.)
So each year Santa puts an orange in each of our stockings... down at the very bottom to fill that round "toe spot" very nicely. We usually do our stockings after tearing through all the gifts... almost an after thought. When we get to the bottom and pull out our orange, my Dad remembers to tell us "the story". I love every year how my girls look around the living room at all their gifts, paper everywhere, and think about how Papa "only" got an orange one year. And how happy and lucky Papa was that Santa was so generous. And how Papa describes how good the orange tasted. He remembers it like yesterday...
It usually gets very quiet in our livingroom at this point. A great way to end the morning chaos and "center"...
That orange in the bottom of the stocking is my favorite holiday tradition. Brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it...


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