Growing up, my favorite part of Christmas morning was actually seeing what was inside my stocking. For one thing, it was the only thing we were allowed to look at until my parents got up on Christmas morning. We weren’t allowed to wake them. Now doesn’t that just seem cruel? It certainly felt so to a kid excited about presents!
Even so, I loved turning that stocking over and seeing the candy and gifts spill out. Sometimes there were even some wrapped ones stuffed in there too! My mom’s creativity really showed in the thought she put into our stockings each year. Even now as a so-called “adult” the stocking is still my favorite. My husband, God bless him, tries, but since he can’t quite fill my mother’s shoes—can you believe it?—she still makes me one each year! Even though they don’t seem quite as exciting as they used to, it still makes me smile.
I try my best each year to carry on the tradition with my own girls. Here are a few of the things that I included in my girls’ stockings this year:
- Candy, of course!
- Burping alligators—don’t ask me why, but it makes them giggle every time, and what is better on Christmas than little girl laughter?
- Lip gloss
- Play jewelry
- Toy cars
- Bath crayons
All of these things were inexpensive, and yet I am sure to see a huge smile on their faces when they see all the fun stuff they have waiting for them!