I suppose every family has their traditions for stocking-stuffers. Christmas morning has always held wonderful memories for me, not just for the Spirit of the season and what Santa left under the tree -- but for the thoughtful little items he put in my stocking. I was always amazed at how personal my little treasures were and wondered quite often how Father Christmas understood me on such an individual level...
My stocking was like a second little Christmas. I was always the first child awake, and I would quietly sit in front of the Christmas tree and bask in the beautiful 'unwrapped' gifts Santa left displayed. I knew I couldn't touch anything until the rest of the family awakened, but peeking through my stocking was clearly within my limits.
There was only a little bit of candy-- but not just any kind. There were pop-rocks..the latest craze at the time and maybe a Big Hunk..my favorite, and a special tin of pretty mints. There was a Bonnie Bell lip-gloss in watermelon flavor I had been begging mom for and other unique toiletries such as a new banana comb, headbands and a coveted nail polish. The stocking seemed endless as I carefully and lovingly pulled my goodies out. A quality toothpaste from the health food store, a new red wallet..all the tender, little measures that meant so much to me. I knew I reached the bottom when I came to the traditional orange and nuts that filled the toe of the stocking.
I try to carry on this tradition -- when I see the same excitement mirrored in my children's face as they get ready to dig into their stocking (they don't get up as early as I did)...I think I may be doing alright. It's wonderful how the simple, sweet measures can leave a big memory in our hearts.
What are your stocking traditions? I would love some new ideas. I've included the links to "Little Necessities" and "Hygiene" just in case you needed a few ideas.