For those of you who celebrate them, the holidays are all about giving. And I know many of us enjoy looking around, investigating what’s out there and then picking out that perfect present for our nearest and dearest. But sometimes, it’s a little bit about getting, too. Especially, at least for me, when it comes to stockings, which can be the most fun and creative of all at this time of the year. A goodie or two in a stocking always seems extra cute because you know it’s got to be something that’s fairly small, unless your gift-giver is willing to cram an oversized item in there like a stuffed sausage.
At our house, our tradition is to open our stockings on Christmas Eve, which started mostly as a way to satisfy the little ones and help appease them until the big event on Christmas morning. But it’s evolved through the years and we still enjoy it, with a cup of hot chocolate and some festive sweets. We usually do it in the early evening after dinner, but since DH is having to work this year, it might be more of a late-night celebration when he gets home.
Fragrances samplers, travel-size products, cool socks, favorite sweets, mini candles, and little gadgets and gee-gaws have been among the most popular items at my house in recent years.
This year, I’m kind of hoping for some caramel M&Ms (love those things — so addictive!), a little Starbucks gift card or perhaps some a new tea or coffee to try. My son has asked specifically for some of his favorite tea and maple leaf sandwich cookies, and DH is getting a sleeve of golf balls and some travel-type items that he likes.
And one of these years, I’m going to make and pack up cute batches of homemade goodies for everyone, but until then, I’ll have to rely on the tried-and-true and ready-made.
So what are you hoping to find in your holiday stocking this year? What are you putting in your loved ones’ stockings? Or what other fun holiday traditions do you celebrate at your house?