Friday, December 17, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Stockings

The Tabor girls - Christmas 1974

I actually have the stocking I used when I was a little girl.  My mom made it out of felt.  Each one of us had our names on ours and a little toy pinned to the top.  Mine was a Santa head.  You would pull the cord at the bottom and Santa's eyes would open and the toy/pin would light up.  It's still attached to my stocking and the eyes still open, but not without difficulty.

When our oldest was born my husband and I went to K-Mart and looked at stockings.  I had little time (and skills) at the time to make stockings for everyone so we found pre-made stockings that we liked.  We bought four since we knew we'd have at least one more kiddo at some point.  I got felt at the craft store and cut out letters to glue our names on our stockings.  It wasn't quite like mom's, but the intent is there.

We didn't hang our stocking by the fireplace.  We just laid them on the tile by our lovely fake fireplace.  I'm sure my parents were most likely concerned that having the stockings hung would just be temptation for us to pull at them and pull something down on our heads!

We open our stockings first thing in the morning...before presents.  It gives parents time to enjoy that first crucial cup of coffee while somewhat appeasing the kids' desire to get into some goodies.  I can appreciate that more as an adult. 

Where do you put your stockings and when do you "open" them?  Is it a new tradition or is it what you used to do as a kid? 

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - Grab Bag - Crafts

My mom was always very crafty.  I like to think that I inherited a little of that as well, but nothing compared to the mad skills my mom has!  She had the Farm Journal Christmas Book and had made some of the decorations from it for our house.  The ones I remember clearly are the nativity and the Santa Claus mobile.  I thought she had made the candle with presents as well, but it's not as clear in my mind.

When I got married back in 1999 in Hawaii, my mom (knowing how I loved the nativity) made one and shipped it to me.  I absolutely love it!  It just made it feel more like Christmas with it there.

I know my older sister has fond memories of all the crafty (and yummy) items in this book, because a few years back she went on eBay found copies of it, and PRESTO!...a little bit of our childhood was placed in our hands!  Now mom's not the only one with a copy! :)

Next year I've got to get to work on that Santa mobile and perhaps the candle.  I wonder how fire safe that candle IS!  Oh long as I don't leave it alone.

Were there any special home-made decorations that your parents or ancestors made that you cherish?