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post #41 of 62

Stockings are my favorite! My own momma used to make the best..

 

So far I keep switching up what's going in them :/ 

 

DS (he's two) 

Pirate mask (felt) from Etsy

Cloth pirate treasure map 

Play doh set (scented apple cider, vanilla and pumpkin) with a snowflake cookie cutter

Hazlenut kids Raccoon doll 

Dinosaur fact cards

 

DD (she's 5) 

Playdoh set (similar but different scents + different cookie cutter) 

Tree fact cards

Wooden camera for pretend play

Wooden horse egg (it's a wooden egg burnt with a beautiful horse, her favorite animal) 

 

I have a bunch of Wild Republic finger puppets I got from Ebay (14 of them for like $25!) so I may divide them up in the stockings. The kids love putting on plays and puppet shows so I think these will be a hit. The play-doh is homemade from My Little Otter on Etsy; we made dough as gifts for everyone but this is a bit of a treat and oh man does it smell HEAVENLY.

 

DHs stocking:

Wooden knife for him and DD to teach knife safety (she wants a "real" tool kit but we are moving slow with that..) 

Geek annoy-a-tron (some kit for making annoying noises) 

LED light up Lego blocks (not Legos but are compatible) 

GPS hiking thing (we are going to start Geocatching and it's the GPS that goes with it -- got super discount) 

Gift certificate for organization session (I'm super disorganized so my friend offered this as part of our Christmas gift! He'll be happy) 

Chocolate bacon

Maple syrup chocolate beer

post #42 of 62
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Your post made me wonder. Do you fill your own stocking, or does your DP/someone else do it? I have a stocking here at our house, but I'm not sure if DF is planning on filling it or not. If he doesn't, it's no biggie, but just curious.


I've known a few women who filled their own, but dh does mine. He usually includes a few of my favourite candies, some soaps, new razor cartridges, and hair scrunchies. The rest changes from year to year. If he's really stuck, he'll ask me what I want, and work with that.

 

 

re; large stockings. Many years ago, a friend of my ex got his girlfriend a stocking that came up to his neck. He thought it was fun, but then he couldn't figure out what to fill it with. I'm not actually sure what he ended up doing, but a couple of us said he should put a bow on his head and climb in.

post #43 of 62
I don't think I am going to do mine this year. We will see.... I don't mind not having mine filled. Our stockings aren't too big. Maybe 14" tall or so. I made them out of DH's old jeans with the pocket in front. They are fun. I did get stuffers with my sister. I still have a few things to pick up for Dh though...
post #44 of 62
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I've known a few women who filled their own, but dh does mine. He usually includes a few of my favourite candies, some soaps, new razor cartridges, and hair scrunchies. The rest changes from year to year. If he's really stuck, he'll ask me what I want, and work with that.

 

 

re; large stockings. Many years ago, a friend of my ex got his girlfriend a stocking that came up to his neck. He thought it was fun, but then he couldn't figure out what to fill it with. I'm not actually sure what he ended up doing, but a couple of us said he should put a bow on his head and climb in.

 

Okay. I was just curious as to how that works. This is the first year we're doing stockings for us (DF and I).

 

That's cool! (And give me an idea... mischievous.gif)

 

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I don't think I am going to do mine this year. We will see.... I don't mind not having mine filled. Our stockings aren't too big. Maybe 14" tall or so. I made them out of DH's old jeans with the pocket in front. They are fun. I did get stuffers with my sister. I still have a few things to pick up for Dh though...

 

That sounds really neat!

post #45 of 62
My dh "fills" mine. I get chocolate covered macadamia nuts, Ferrara Rocher, a Kinder egg which I buy but he always makes sure I get 5, and usually some comic book figurine which he collects. Pretty much the same - every single year
post #46 of 62

I am filling all the stockings now, so I have semi-final list (A few things I want to get for DS are in red. DF will get it, since he *insists* he still needs to go out.)

 

DD is getting

 

Orange

Princess cup

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Fruit flavor Tootsie Roll bank

Candy Land bandaids

Princess stick on nails

Notebook Keychain

Twist-Up crayons

Hair ties

Coin Purse

Hello Kitty coloring set (crayons, stickers, coloring book)

Red and green snowman straws

Penguin stationary set

 

DS is getting

 

Orange

Toy Story cup

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Regular Tootsie Roll bank

Pac Man bandaids

Tumbling Snowman

Snowman notebook and pen

Red and green snowman straws

Santa stationary set

Football

A few matchbox cars

post #47 of 62
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I am filling all the stockings now, 

 

 Your kids don't put them out empty on Christmas Eve?  

post #48 of 62
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 Your kids don't put them out empty on Christmas Eve?  

 

Usually, they have them out, but this year, we lost them in the move, so I told the kids Santa was going to bring new ones.

post #49 of 62
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Usually, they have them out, but this year, we lost them in the move, so I told the kids Santa was going to bring new ones.

 

Awesome. I should do that every year. I'd get to bed a lot earlier. dizzy.gif

post #50 of 62

I filled DF's stocking this evening, and realized I had gotten him a bunch more stuff than I thought. redface.gif

 

A pine-scented candle

Reese's bells (his favorite candy for Christmas)

Fleece gloves

In-Fishing magazine

A Rubik's cube type puzzle cube

A pack of his favorite brand/type of pens

A pack of hamburger coasters

A pack of lighters

 

I was going to put

 

A pack of 5 sets of re-usable chopsticks

Monopoly Deal card game

 

in his stocking, but i couldn't fit them in, so I wrapped them and put them under the tree.

post #51 of 62

What does "DF" stand for? I know DH is dear husband, DP is dear partner... but I've never seen DF and I'm totally confused! :-)

post #52 of 62
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What does "DF" stand for? I know DH is dear husband, DP is dear partner... but I've never seen DF and I'm totally confused! :-)

 

Fiance. I guess I could put "DP", but... I don't. orngtongue.gif

post #53 of 62

I'm thinking about Storm's fun tonight.. I hope it all went fabulously!

post #54 of 62
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Fiance. I guess I could put "DP", but... I don't. orngtongue.gif

 

Oh. That makes sense. 

post #55 of 62
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I'm thinking about Storm's fun tonight.. I hope it all went fabulously!

 

My Christmas was absolutely flawless.

 

The kids were awesome - we usually get at least a little bit of excitement induced behavioural trouble (a meltdown, siblings fights, etc.) and there was nothing this year. They were great with each other, great with us, great with their cousins up at grandma's house, etc. They're even saying "thank you" without prompting, which took a looonnng time (dd1 and ds2 are both quite timid about people, in very different ways). Dinner was perfect. DS1 and dd1 played elf at my mom's, and they had a great time doing so.

 

The "big" gifts were super well received. DS2 almost jumped up and down over finally having a Go board. DD1 hugged her ice skates, and said, "I was worried about having to rent skates for my own birthday party". DS1's reaction the blacksmithing lessons can't even be described - he started smiling, then laughing so hard he couldn't even breathe. That was fun - just wish I'd switched the camera to video mode sooner than I did.

 

DD2 enjoyed all her gifts, with the surprise hit being the two-headed stuffed snake that ds1 bought for her. She initially wanted to name it "Slither", which is the name of dd1's stuffed snake. DD2 seemed to realize that dd1 didn't like that idea, so she changed it, and her snake is now named "Cuppy Balance" (don't ask me).

 

The stocking stuffing on Christmas Eve went really well. I had to partially empty and restuff ds2's stocking (mostly because of the accoustic guitar strings - that packages are quite wide), but the rest went really well. I was up late, but not as late as it could have been. DS1's aunt and uncle didn't even serve Christmas Eve dinner until about 10:30 or therabouts, so it was pretty late by the time I picked ds2 up to bring him home, which kind of messed up my evening. I want ds1 to get his license this summer, so he can borrow the minivan next Christmas Eve, and take care of this stuff himself. (He could bus, but I don't want to make him do that on Christmas Eve.)

 

We got all our baking handed out, except one basket. One of ds2's friends seems to have been away over Christmas. We've been doing the baking for a few years, and this year, several people gave us baking back, which kind of surprised me. Apparently, one of dd1's friend's dad says they're going to bake for us next year, and include a note about how we've "hooked them up" with delicious baking for the last few years. I heard a couple neighbours talking about our baking, and how they'd eaten almost all of it already, on Christmas Eve. It's good to know people do enjoy it. And, we made one of our neighbours, A, cry. A is an elderly woman, with some mental health issues, who lives alone. DD1 really likes her (they share a strong interest in nature), so we gave her a plate. She opened the door, and told us how she'd hurt her eye a week or so ago, and hadn't been able to decorate her tree, or Christmas shop, or anything, and said, "I'm just not having Christmas", then pattted the plate of baking, and said, "well, now I am", and started to cry. (She was going to her son's on Christmas itself, so she wasn't going to be alone that day.) DD1 is very glad she decided to do a plate for A this year.

 

So, anyway - busy, as always, but I wasn't stressed this year. The visit at mom's was much quieter than in the past...I guess the fact that the group is older than they were is making a difference. The "kids" that were there are 19, 17, 2 X 13, 12, 11, 3 X 9, 7 and 3 - there are two sets of twins in there. They just don't create the same kind of pandemomium they did 2-3 years ago. DD2 is the only really little one, and she's actually pretty laidback. It was an amazingly stress-free day, and there weren't even any hints of family drama - we never get much, but there are frequently some minor undercurrrents, yk?

 

So, yes - everything went fabulously. I have such a wonderful family. joy.gif

post #56 of 62

So Storm, at what point do you start searching for next year's stocking stuffers?  Do you hit the after-Christmas sales?

post #57 of 62
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Nope - I avoid the crowded shopping times like the plague. I avoided Black Friday this year (never had to before, but it's catching on in Canada), and I avoid Boxing Day.

 

I won't start really searching until...probably about July or August (keep my eyes peeled on vacation, which usually gets me started). But, if anything jumps out at me before that, I'll pick it up. I sometimes see neat stuff in museum giftshops on homeschool field trips and such. I start shopping for stuffers in earnest somewhere around early October, but I usually have about 3 per person tucked away by then. The early October is when I pick up some of the usuals...the deodorant for the menfolk, the razor blades, the hair stuff for dd1, etc. I get the glowstick bracelets in November, when I start shopping for Christmas craft stuff (they sell them at Michaels). I get them from all over the place, so I get them at different times.

post #58 of 62

I usually try to avoid the busy shopping times, too. 

 

My dh surprised me by putting a $30 Barnes & Noble gift card in my stocking, so I get to buy some books!

post #59 of 62
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Oh, very nice! I still have a gift card from last Christmas that I was going to use for some ebooks. The interface on my Kobo drove me nuts, so I kept putting it off. But, dh gave me a new Kobo this year, with a much better interface, so I'm going to buy some ebooks tomorrow.

post #60 of 62

Whoops! Guess what I found!? A supercute Kikkerland wind up toy that I stashed in the summer with the intent of cramming in a stocking. Sheesh! Back in the yule decorations for next year it goes!

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