Sunday, December 18, 2011

Advent Calendar - Christmas Stockings

Geneabloggers is once again hosting the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories encouraging family historians to write about their holiday traditions.

Our family Christmas stockings are more decorative than functional.  Only a couple stocking stuffers actually ever fit. 

My stocking was made by my mother from a pattern that she drew herself.  The fabric is a heavy cotton, maybe a good quality of muslin, certainly not as heavy as canvas.  She cut out a tree and star from felt and sewed them on by hand.  She attached some plastic berries, pinecones encased in yarn, and a jingle bell for the toe.  There is no loop for hanging, so the stocking simply lay on the hearth.  On Christmas morning the stocking was placed among the Santa gifts to distinguish my gifts from my sister’s gifts. 

Momma’s sewing and crafting skills obviously improved greatly over the years.  When the grandkids came along, she made them some fancy shmancy stockings.  She smocked my girls’ names on the top part of the stocking made from red and white polka dotted fabric.  White eyelet lace and a jingle bell completed the look.

Santa stuffs what he can into the stocking -- maybe new mascara, bath gel, lip gloss -- but on Christmas morning, the stockings can be found placed among other Santa gifts to distinguish one girl's pile from the other's. 


  1. I love that these stockings were all crafted by your mom. The smocking detail is so pretty! My grandmother knitted my stocking and I have it hung by the fireplace but Santa has forgotten it in the past few years.

  2. Don't you have the picture of our stockings in the Cradock house? The foot of the black clock held the stockings. When we moved to Brittany Woods the clock had it's same job of holding the stockings, but I don't remember a picture taken. When we married Momma didn't put them out any longer. She graduated to a fancier mantel decor =)

  3. They Look Brilliant! Have A Fine Christmas (& lots of stocking-fillers!)

  4. Hi Wendy, I've been meaning to pop over after you were kind enough to visit my blog and comment on the carol entry.

    What beautiful stockings-- your mom is certainly talented!