December 18 – Christmas Stockings
Did you have one? Where did you hang it? What did you get in it? Do you have any Christmas stockings used by your ancestors?
Growing up, we always has a Christmas Stocking to hang on Christmas Eve. Since there were nine of us and we had no fireplace, we got creative and hung them from any hook, handle, or doorknob we could find in the living room. I do remember one year or two we had a cardboard fireplace to hang out stockings on. Our stockings were the typical red plush with a white cuff. I don't remember their having names on them but there must have been some way to keep track of whose was whose.
Our stockings usually had an orange or tangerine, un-shelled nuts, candy cane, and some ribbon or other hard candy that usually got stuck in the bottom.
My children's stockings were more elaborate since I made them and they had a special pocket on the outside for a special tiny treasure. Their stockings were filled in a similar manner but there were some additional small gifts. Socks, nylons, perfume, small silly toys etc.
My grandchildren's stockings are like their mother's with the addition of embroidered names. In our house everyone gets a stocking: parents, kids, dogs, and cats! Grandma too.