Oh the old Christmas stocking. When I grew up we used a pillow case at the end of the bed. I much prefer the actual stacking shaped variation because apart from looking so cute is a much more realistic size to fill and hosiery is where the tradition began.
Upon waking on Christmas morning the magic of Father Christmas would fill us with delight. The stocking was full of treats.
My understanding is that stocking fillers are meant to be small toys, sweets, new pencils, a piece of clothing, hair ties, fresh toiletries and the like.
I saw with horror today an advertisement run by my favourite jewellery shop in Port Fairy. The advertisement was for a $99 necklace promoted as the idea stocking filler. I nearly spat the G&T out of my nose. Seriously…. a $99 stocking filler the size of a matchbox?! How much was this mythical stock supposed to cost to fill? Who the heck is it for? The model was actually wearing three of these things. I guess to entice us to buy all three in case we couldn’t guess the recipients favourite.
I no longer provide stocking to any of my offspring. They were completely over indulged receiving this tradition until they left home. I did fill one for my partners beautiful daughter last year. It was her first Christmas morning with us and all three of my kids were there with their partners. We make quite a rowdy bunch and I wanted to include her. That was my last year. Even a cheap and nasty stocking fill up can cost quite a bit. I can assure you there were no $99 necklaces in the stocking. That is complete overkill.
Here, for your entertainment is the far-fetched but widely reference story of the origin of the Christmas stocking
A recently widowed man and father of three girls were having a tough time making ends meet. While beautiful (of course, it’s a fairy tale, they had to be beautiful) he worried that their impoverished status would make it impossible for them to marry.
St. Nicholas was wandering through the town where the man lived and heard villagers discussing that family’s plight. (hmmm not sure why, sounds dodgy to me) He wanted to help but knew the man would refuse any kind of charity directly. Instead, one night, he slid down(illegally entered) the chimney of the family’s house and filled the girls’ recently laundered stockings, which luckily happened to be drying by the fire, with gold coins. And then he disappeared.
The girls awoke in the morning, overjoyed upon discovering the bounty. Because of St. Nick’s generosity, the daughters were now eligible to wed and their father could rest easy that they wouldn’t fall into lonely despair. Whew!
So if your daughter is in need of a dowry I guess you may be tempted to by the $99 necklace. Oh heck, get all three!