Blogmas Day 12: The Christmas stocking (part 2)

Last year, I wrote about how one of the biggest thrills of childhood Christmases was the stocking at the end of the bed on Christmas morning.  I loved to wake up and to try and guess what was in it, then get into my parents’ bed with my brother to open up the little things inside. Our stockings were not grand affairs – a pencil, a notebook, small toys and of course a cracker peeping out of the top.

I am still collecting things for Karl’s and Anton’s stockings, but here is how far I have got with things for Anton (can’t show you what I have for Karl since he reads this blog!).

Starting the stocking collection

So far..there are some caramel wafers, a chocolate orange and a packet of bilar, a Swedish favourite.  There is of a pen (of course), an eye mask to help sleeping on the flight back, some kitchen tongs (why not?) and some things from Body Shop.  There is also a little thing to remind him of Wellington.

A souvenir

Do you do Christmas stockings?  What do you put in yours?

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  1. Its a tradition I want to resurrect in our home and next year our fist Christmas in France will be a fine excuse.. I would have to have a chocolate orange, nuts, a large pencil, a small book of poems, something hand-made and something silly. Every year Tony and me allow ourselves £10.00 and we head for the charity shops and buy each other a present, maybe a book. We give ourselves an hour and then we have a pub lunch. Its thee start of the festivities.


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