Personalized Christmas Stockings

Everyone that celebrates Christmas needs a Christmas Stocking over the Fireplace

  • The Theories Behind the Tradition of Oranges as Stocking Stuffers

    Why We Put Oranges in Christmas Stockings

    For centuries, Christmas stockings have been a centerpiece of religious and secular tradition, bringing little treasures and joy to children (and adults) on Christmas Day. And just as the history of the Christmas stocking itself has many facets, so too do the traditional treasures that are left inside.

    One such treasure is: The Christmas Orange.

    As it turns out, there’s no one theory as to why the citrus fruit became a traditional stocking stuffer. But each of the reasonings has merit. Let’s explore some of those theories.

    St. Nick’s Special Gift to a Widower

    Before coming into sainthood, St. Nicholas—who’s legend evolved into today’s Santa Claus tradition—was a generous, wealthy bishop. Allegedly one day, he heard of widowed shopkeeper and father to three beautiful daughters. The father was deeply concerned that his daughters would never marry as he couldn’t afford a dowry—and if he were to die, the girls would be left alone and destitute.

    As the story is often told, St. Nick was touched by the father’s dire situation and wanted to help. So, he crept into the man’s home one night and put bags of gold—or perhaps balls of gold as some tales say—in each of the girls’ stockings.

    When the father and his girls woke the next morning, they found the gold and rejoiced. The girls could now get married and the father’s worries were put to rest.

    As Smithsonian.com points out, the tradition of putting gold in stockings isn’t very easy to replicate. As a result, oranges (and sometimes tangerines) started being used as a representation of gold.

    What’s more, some say the oranges aren’t meant to simply represent the gold St. Nick left behind—but also his incredible generosity.

    Today, Christmas is known as the season of giving. So, by stuffing stockings with oranges, we’re paying homage to both the gift itself and the intention behind it.

    A Luxurious Treat on Christmas Day

    This “luxurious treat” theory has roots in multiple different points of history. Firstly, some say the tradition originated well before the 19th Century.

    As you can imagine, the trade routes, transportation types, and technology were far less developed than what we have today. As a result, oranges were not easily accessible in non-native growing areas—meaning only the wealthy could typically afford such an exotic treat. So, you could imagine the jubilation of a poor or average person receiving such an incredible treasure in their stocking on Christmas morning.

    Others claim the orange tradition was founded during the Great Depression and/or World War eras in the first half of the 20th Century.

    For a little more background, according to Taste of Home, the Sunkist brand burst on the scene in 1908. In fact, oranges were the first produce item to have its own ad campaign, the publication said. As a result, the interest and demand for oranges exploded across the country—and eventually accessibility began to grow.

    But during the Great Depression, as well as World War I and World War II, many felt the major financial crunch. So, depending on location and circumstance, using oranges as stocking stuffers could have been an easy, yet special, treat or an outstanding luxury.

    Oranges Are Lucky

    Perhaps one of the more unique theories behind the orange stocking stuffer tradition is rooted in ancient Chinese and other Asian customs and beliefs.

    You see, the orange has been a symbol of good fortune and luck for centuries. During the Chinese New Year celebration, which takes place very close to Christmas festivities every year, oranges (and tangerines) are often used as decorations and are exchanged among friends and family.

    While there isn’t a definitive connection between the Asian belief and the Christmas tradition, it’s reasonable to assume it’s no coincidence. As our world has become more interconnected, and both religious and secular traditions have mingled over the years, the orange stocking stuffer tradition has been influenced from multiple angles.

    What it All Comes Down To? Tradition

    Despite the many competing and complementing theories, the common thread is simple: tradition.

    No matter the historical reasoning one chooses to embrace, the fact is that putting oranges in stockings represents the spirit of the season; giving generosity, giving joy, giving luck, and passing on tradition.

    What long-time or unique Christmas traditions does your family honor each year? Tell us in the comments section below.  

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  • Christmas Stocking Stories: The 'Wall' Over 50 Years in the Making

    Christmas Stocking Stories

    For more than two millennia, people around the globe have been celebrating Christmas—observing long-time religious and secular traditions, as well as adding their own unique practices. The Christmas stocking tradition, which took root in the early centuries A.D, is perhaps one of the most beloved traditions—and one that is certainly near and dear to our hearts here at Merry Stockings.

    In the spirit of honoring and making our own traditions, our “Christmas Stocking Stories” series aims to highlight Christmas stocking traditions that are touching, unique, and perhaps even a little bizarre. Enjoy.

    The Story of Lorraine Kelly’s Christmas Stocking “Wall”

    More than 50 years ago, Arlington Heights, IL resident Lorraine Kelly was expecting her 11th child. But after developing a blood clot early in her pregnancy, she was reportedly prescribed complete bed rest—which would ultimately last more than two months.

    But according to the Daily Herald, the newspaper covering Chicago and its suburbs where Lorraine lives, those months of bed rest would be the start of an incredible Christmas tradition.

    At the suggestion of a friend, Lorraine began making Christmas stockings to pass the time as she waited for her new baby to arrive. She designed the pattern and eventually personalized them with the names of each of her 11 children. But according to the article, she didn’t stop at stocking No. 11.

    As her children married—and as grandchildren and great grandchildren came—she kept going. It was almost a rite of passage and a way to make a person’s entry into the family official. And as Lorraine told the newspaper: “You had to be married to get on the wall. You couldn’t be a boyfriend.”

    Soon the total swelled to 73 stockings. But once the grandchildren started marrying—Lorraine hung up her needle and thread—it had gotten to be too much, she told the paper.

    But perhaps the most endearing part is “The Wall”—a Christmas stocking shrine inside Lorraine’s home that displays each of her lovingly handcrafted masterpieces.

    (Photo Credit: Joe Lewnard, Staff Photographer at the Daily Herald)

    According to the Daily Herald, The Wall serves as a centerpiece to the family’s annual Dec. 23 Christmas celebration at Lorraine’s home.

    And guess what? All of her 11 children have reportedly created their own stocking wall inside their homes. And, as is tradition, each of the stockings has been made from the same pattern and same felt material to make them match Lorraine’s originals.

    Thank you to the Daily Herald for brining this incredible story to light last year. You can read the full article here.

    Create Your Own Personalized Christmas Stockings

    You don’t have to be a skilled crafter or sewer to create your own special stocking. Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking Kits give you everything you need. Below are some of our favorites:

    Bucilla Christmas Stockings

    From left to right: Deer Family Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit, Golfing Santa Bucilla Christmas Stocking KitCandy Snowman Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit 

    Does your family have a special Christmas tradition? Share it with us in the comments section below.

  • 6 Classic & Beautiful Christmas Stockings for Moms

    Christmas Stocking Ideas for Mom

    Christmas stockings often have deep personal meaning. As kids, our Christmas stockings represented the coming of Santa Claus, and the excitement and treasures Christmas morning would bring. As adults, Christmas stockings bring childhood nostalgia and allow us to carry on a longtime tradition within our own families.

    As a result, choosing the perfect Christmas stocking for each member of your family is important. When it comes to selecting the perfect “Mom” Christmas stocking, you want to find one that represents your personality, interests and hobbies, as well as stands the test of time.

    To lend a helping hand, we’ve compiled some of our favorite Christmas stocking ideas from our inventory. Click on any of the photos to learn more about the stocking.

    1. Mrs. Claus Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Mrs. Claus on Christmas StockingThis charming Mrs. Claus Christmas stocking is just one of our most popular styles from our Christmas character stockings collection, which isn’t a surprise. After all, Mrs. Claus is an iconic and celebrated Christmas characters.

    This stocking is elegantly crafted from tan corduroy, red velvet, and dainty pom poms, and features a hand-sewn Mrs. Claus character at its center.

    Like all of our christmas stockings, personalization is included. For this particular stocking, you can choose between block, italic, or script fonts.

    2. Red Velvet Christmas Stocking with White Velvet Cuff

    Classic Red & White Velvet Christmas StockingThis red and white velvet Christmas stocking is just like every mother — a classic beauty.

    This always-festive stocking will never go out of style and can fit with any decorating style.

    The best part? It’s incredibly well-made, affordable, and can be personalized with your choice of three fonts in red or green thread.

    3. Ivory Quilted Cotton Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Quilted Ivory Christmas StockingIf you want to highlight Mom’s striking personality with her elegant home decor stylings, this ivory quilted Christmas stocking is a sublime choice.

    This classically styled stocking works with any color scheme and holiday decor theme, adding elegance, softness, and sweetness to your home — just like Mom.

    4. The Carolers Personalized Needlepoint Stocking

    Needlepoint Christmas Stocking with CarolersWhether or not Mom is a gifted singer, listening or singing Christmas carols are likely a favorite tradition — and this needlepoint Christmas stocking featuring carolers helps capture that.

    This stocking is part of our “Christmas Scenes” collection and features a family of four singing under a starry sky.

    When it comes to personalizing this stocking, you can choose from three stylish fonts: script, italic, or block.

    5. Classic Red Snowflakes Stocking

    Classic Red Snowflake Stocking for MomIf the Mom in your life has simple, classic tastes, the stocking featuring a rounded snowflake design could be a great choice. This stocking features beautifully embroidered red snowflakes floating against a white background.

    Beautiful, festive, and full of holiday spirit, there’s no doubt that this personalized stocking will also add a bit of elegance to your mantel this year.

    6. Christmas Tree Knit Stocking

    Knit Christmas Stocking for MomThe Christmas Tree Knit Personalized Stocking pays homage to classic, old-school Christmas stockings of the past. It’s as soft and sweet as a mother’s touch, as well as generous in size to make it easy to stuff the stocking to the brim.

    Complete with cute details in red and green, this wool stocking embellished with Christmas trees and a heart, comes with or without personalization.

    Find the Perfect ‘Mom’ Christmas Stocking

    From classic characters to simple and modern designs, MerryStockings offers a wide ranging selection of personalized Christmas stockings that are perfect every family member. We invite you to shop all of our Christmas stockings.

  • 5 Awesome Christmas Stockings for Dads

    5 Awesome Christmas Stockings for Dads

    Christmas stockings often have deep personal meaning. As kids, our Christmas stockings represented the coming of Santa Claus, and the excitement and treasures Christmas morning would bring. As adults, Christmas stockings bring childhood nostalgia and allow us to carry on a longtime tradition within our own families.

    As a result, choosing the perfect Christmas stocking for each member of your family is important. When it comes to choosing a Christmas stocking to represent Dad, you want to find one that represents his personality, interests and hobbies, as well as a stocking that also stands the test of time.

    To help you out, we’ve compiled some of our favorite Dad stocking ideas from our inventory. Click on any of the photos to learn more about the stocking.

    1. Santa Claus Personalized Stocking

    Santa Claus Character StockingSanta Claus is one of the most iconic, celebrated, and beloved Christmas characters. His importance during the Christmas season mirrors that of Dad’s importance year-round, making the Santa Claus character stocking a perfect fit.

    The Santa Claus character stocking is made of tan corduroy and features a hand-sewn Santa Claus. The top and toe of the stocking are accented with soft red velvet.

    Like all of our christmas stockings, personalization is included. For this particular stocking, you can choose between block, italic, or script fonts.

    2. Snowflake Knit Personalized Stocking

    Knit Snowflake Stocking for DadThe Snowflake Knit Personalized Stocking pays homage to classic, old-school Christmas stockings of the past.

    It’s soft to the touch and generous in size to make it easy for you to stuff Dad’s stocking to the brim.

    Complete with cute details in red and green, this wool stocking can be personalized with “Dad” or his name for free.

    3. Decorating the Tree Personalized Needlepoint Stocking

    Needlepoint Christmas Stocking for DadNext to opening Christmas stockings on Christmas Day, decorating the Christmas tree is a favorite tradition for many families. If Dad is often the person who finishes off the decorating extravaganza by topping the tree, this needlepoint stocking featuring a tree decorating scene could be just the ticket.

    This stocking is part of our “Christmas Scenes” collection and features three characters adding lights, ornaments, and the tree topper to the tree. When it comes to personalizing this stocking, you can choose from three stylish fonts: script, italic, or block.

    4. Classic Red Snowflakes Stocking

    Christmas Stocking with Red SnowflakesIf Dad has simple and classic tastes, the Classic Red Snowflakes Stocking could be a great choice.

    This stocking features beautifully embroidered red snowflakes, which seem to float down the stocking, against a white background.

    Beautiful, festive, and full of holiday spirit, this personalized stocking will also add a bit of elegance to your mantel this year.

    5. Wool Christmas Stocking with Reindeers

    Personalized Christmas Stocking with ReindeerIf you’re looking for something timeless, look no further than this wool Christmas stocking with reindeer, featuring a red cuff and food, and rows of trees, snowflakes, and reindeer.

    This Christmas stocking is 100-percent made in the USA. It’s made of wool from Nebraska, knit in Iowa, and finished with hand-embroidered personalization details in Minnesota. It’s also exclusive to MerryStockings.

    The stocking is well-made and lined to help it last for decades to come.

    Find the Perfect Christmas Stocking for Dad

    From classic characters to simple and modern, MerryStockings offers a wide ranging selection of personalized Christmas stockings that are perfect for any dad in your life. We invite you to shop all of our Christmas stockings.

  • 8 Adorable & Stylish Christmas Stockings for Girls

    Christmas Stocking Ideas for Girls

    Christmas stockings often have deep, personal meaning. As kids, our Christmas stockings represented the coming of Santa Claus, and the excitement and treasures Christmas morning would bring. As adults, Christmas stockings bring childhood nostalgia and allow us to carry on a longtime tradition within our own families.

    As a result, choosing the perfect Christmas stocking for each member of your family is important. When it comes to selecting the perfect Christmas stocking for the little girl in your life, you want to find one that represents her personality, interest and hobbies, as well as stands the test of time.

    To help you out, we’ve compiled some of our favorite stocking ideas from our inventory. Click on any of the photos to learn more about the stocking.

    1. Angel Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Personalized Angel Christmas Stocking for GirlFor many parents, their little girl is their little angel. If this sounds like you, this personalized Christmas stocking featuring a smiling angel could be the perfect selection.

    This stocking is made of tan corduroy, and is accented with green and white poms, and red velvet cuff and toe. This stocking, like all of our Christmas character stockings, is hand sewn.

    The personalization on the cuff is included, and you’re able to choose the font and thread color you’d like.

    2. Wool Plaid Stocking with White Cuff

    Plaid Wool Christmas Stocking for GirlThis limited-edition, one-of-a-kind Christmas stocking is perfect for your unique little girl.

    This classic wool plaid stocking is made with red and black plaid fabric from Woolrich Woolen Mills, and is 100-percent made in Minnesota and crafted with extreme attention to detail.

    Like all of our personalized stockings, name embroidery is included and you’re able to choose the font and thread color you’d like.

    3. Needlepoint Christmas Stocking with Frosty

    Frosty the Snowman Christmas StockingIf your little girl loves playing in the snow, building snowmen and watching the classic Frosty the Snowman short film, this needlepoint Christmas stocking with Frosty deserves your consideration.

    Frosty boasts a wide coal smile and an upturned carrot nose, and his top hat is trimmed with red and seasonal holly. In the background, snowflakes fall across a blue winter sky, coating the evergreens with a blanket of snow

    When it comes to personalizing this stocking, you can choose from three stylish fonts: script, italic, or block.

    4. Ivory Quilted Soft Cotton Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Quilted Christmas Stocking If you’re looking to blend your little girl’s striking personality with stunning home decor, this ivory quilted Christmas stocking is a sublime choice.

    This classically styled stocking works with any color scheme and holiday decor theme, adding elegance, softness and sweetness to your home — just like your little girl.

    5. Dancer Personalized Stocking     

    Dancer Christmas Stocking for GirlsIf your little girl is a budding ballerina, this personalized dancer stocking could be the perfect way to represent her passion and talent.

    The stocking is made of soft white cotton and features a red cuff and toe box. The applique dancer is pictured on her toes at the bar of a studio as stars sparkle around her.

    6. Princess Personalized Stocking

    Princess Christmas StockingIf your little girl dreams of beautiful ballgowns, royal castles, and handsome princes, the Princess Personalized Stocking will be a perfect fit — just like Cinderella’s glass slipper.

    The stocking is made of soft white cotton and features a red cuff and toe box. The applique princess is dressed in a gorgeous pink gown with blue accents and accessories. She is standing on a bed of grass and stars in front an elegant castle.

    7. Cabin Series Penguin Stocking

    Penguin Christmas StockingThis rustic yet adorable Christmas stocking featuring a skiing penguin is perfect for your adventurous daughter.

    The cuff and toe are made of dark brown corduroy and are decoratively trimmed with red gingham bands above the toe and below the cuff. The stocking is hand sewn and personalization is included.

    8. Cableknit Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Cableknit Christmas Stocking in RedIf your daughter is a classic example of sweetness and sophistication, than this classic cableknit Christmas stocking is just the ticket.

    Available in red, green and white, this personalized stocking is carefully crafted from a soft cable knit material, while a pair of dainty pom poms adorn the plush cuff for a playful finish. Of course, have her name embroidered to give it a special and personal touch.

    Bonus: Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking Kits

    Our DIY Bucilla Christmas stocking kits can be the ultimate way to create a stocking that is uniquely her own. Every kit comes with all of the materials you need to get crafting. Some of our favorite patterns for girls include:

    Sugar Plum Fairy Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Sugar Plum Fairy Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Christmas Tree Surprise Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Christmas Tree Surprise Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Fairy Sweets Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Fairy Sweets Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Find the Perfect Christmas Stocking for Your Little Girl

    From classic characters to simple and modern, MerryStockings offers a wide ranging selection of personalized Christmas stockings that any little girl will treasure. We invite you to shop all of our Christmas stockings.

  • How to Stuff Your Kids’ Christmas Stocking to the Brim for Under $15 Each

    When you’re a kid, the best Christmas morning moment is arguably the sight and subsequent opening of your overflowing Christmas stocking. After all, these little treasures were carefully selected by Santa Claus just for you.

    But now that you’re a parent — and Santa’s little helper — filling stockings and the space under the tree can get pretty spendy despite your best efforts to keep costs down. In fact, according to T. Rowe Price’s annual Parents, Kids & Money Survey from last year, more than half of parents say they never stick to their Christmas spending budget. Furthermore, 11 percent admit withdrawing from retirement accounts to pay for gifts.

    The good news is that with a little creativity — and the right inspiration — you can find great stocking stuffers for your young kids without breaking the bank. And we can prove it.

    Some of our team members visited one of the nation’s favorite shopping destinations — Target — to find cute, fun and personality-matched stocking stuffers with the goal of spending $15 or less per stocking. Now, we bring our finds to you in hopes of inspiring your stocking-stuffing efforts.

    For Your Princess

    Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Your PrincessSugar, spice and everything nice — if your little princess loves sparkle, shades of pinks and purples, and is over the moon for grown-up-like accessories, this combination is sure to make her eyes glimmer with love and excitement Christmas morning.

    Here we have a five-pack of glamorous lip balms ($3), bedazzled stamps that light up ($3), a darling tin carrying case with the words “Shimmer & Shine” written on it ($3), and an assortment of three Cat & Jack headbands ($5.99) to help your princess accessorize.

    Total cost before tax? $14.99.

    For the Young Artist

    If your child likes to draw, paint and create, then this mix of art supplies will not disappoint.

    This stocking stuffer collection features a coloring book ($1), three grab-n-go coloring kits ($3 total), bath paint ($1), scented markers ($1), and Play-Doh minis ($1).

    Total cost before tax? $7.

    For Your Superhero

    Since the 1940s, when the first superhero comic books were introduced, superheros have been common childhood obsessions for boys and girls alike.

    And now that many of these characters have come to life on the big screen, it’s easier than ever to find superhero-themed trinkets and gifts that are perfect stocking stuffers.

    In this Spiderman-themed stocking stuffer example, we have a ball cap ($3), wall tumblers ($3), finger flingers ($1), socks ($1), and a water-activated towel ($1).

    Total cost before tax? $11.

    For Your World Traveler

    If traveling is part of your family’s holiday plans, why not kill two birds with one stone by stuffing your kids’ stockings with goodies that can keep them entertained on the road?

    In this stocking stuffer example, we have two grab-n-go coloring kits ($2 total), a Moana-themed memory game ($3), Old Maid card game ($1), Play-Doh minis ($1), scented markers ($1), a Hershey chocolate bar ($1), and orange-flavored Tic Tacs ($1.19).

    Total cost before tax? About $10.

    For Your Fun-Seeker

    If your kid is always up for a game or looking for fun, why not fill their stocking with pure entertainment?

    Just as in our previous example, the Moana-themed memory game ($3) and the Old Maid playing cards ($1) are present. But we also have silly string ($2), a junior slinky ($1), a Daisy and Minnie-Mouse themed domino set ($3), and squishy play foam ($1).

    Total cost before tax? $11.

    Get Ready to Stuff

    Following our shopping excursion, our team members had these stocking stuffer shopping tips to pass on:

    • Shop with a theme. When you shop with a theme in mind (i.e. princess or superhero), those constraints will actually fuel your creativity, helping you avoid extra items in your car so you can keep your bill down.
    • Hit the clearance areas first. Regardless of your shopping destination, head for the known clearance or low-cost merchandise first (i.e. Target’s $1 spot). This will allow you to find several good items at low prices before you’re let loose in the rest of the store. However, be prepared to dig to find the gems you’re looking for.

    In need of a stocking to stuff? Take a peek at our beautiful collection of personalized Christmas stockings.

    What are some of your go-to stocking stuffers for young kids? Please share in the comments section below!

  • 11 Creative Ways to Hang Christmas Stockings When You Don’t Have a Fireplace

    The tradition of hanging Christmas stockings from the fireplace mantel has been around for centuries. After all, when old St. Nick shimmies down the chimney on Christmas Eve, we must ensure it’s easy for him to leave us our well-deserved treats and presents. However, for those without a fireplace, this tradition is impossible to carry out — or is it?

    At MerryStockings, we believe in putting our own personal stamp on Christmas traditions. So, if you don’t have a fireplace in you home, all you need is a little creativity to design the perfect Christmas stocking display.

    To fuel your creativity, below you’ll find some of our favorite ways and places to hang Christmas stockings in your home or apartment.

    1. Invest in a Classic Christmas Stocking Floor Stand

    Christmas Stocking Floor StandIf you’re looking for a quick and simple solution for hanging your Christmas stockings, investing in a floor stand is definitely it.

    Floor stands, like this one found on LTD Commodities, are fantastic options because they’re light and mobile, giving you freedom to hang your stockings wherever you like.

    They’re also very affordable. You can find a Christmas stocking floor stand for as little as $20.

    (Image Credit: LTD Commodities)

    2. DIY a Rustic Christmas Stocking Holder

    For those of you who love rustic decor and crafting, this DIY stocking holder project courtesy of Imperfectly Polished is for you.

    The good news? This easy Christmas craft requires just a handful of materials and supplies: pine boards, paint color of your choice, nails, nail gun, hangers, saw, and a drill.

    The better news? Jessie at Imperfectly Polished walks you through how to get it done in about 30 minutes.

    In addition, the finished product can be rested against a wall like shown or hung.

    (Image Credit: Imperfectly Polished)

    3. Transform Your Staircase Railing into a Stocking Showstopper

    If you want to create a showstopping focal point in your home and find a practical resting place for your Christmas stockings, utilize your staircase railing or banister.

    This beautifully decorated staircase comes from home improvement chain Lowe’s. We love it because It combines classic decor with pops of more contemporary blue and turquoise colors.

    In addition, the surrounding gifts and other seasonal knick knacks add more elegance and creativity to the scene.

    (Image Credit: Lowe’s via Pinterest)

    4. Upcycle a Wooden Ladder for a Farmhouse-Traditional Look

    Perhaps one of the most popular alternatives for hanging Christmas stockings is the stocking ladder.

    Upcycling an old or vintage ladder can provide the perfect mix of function and style, allowing you to create a simple or ornate stocking display anywhere in your home.

    Our featured example comes from Kelly Elko’s eclectic French country cottage-inspired Christmas post.

    What we love most about this example is its sweet simplicity, and the incorporation of the wreath topper and sprigs of evergreen over the stockings.

    (Image Credit: Kelly Elko, Love Where You Live)

    5. Welcome Guests with an Entryway Stocking Display

    If you live in a small home or apartment unit, make the most of your space by utilizing the entryway as your Christmas stocking headquarters.

    In this gorgeous example from Paint Me Pink, the Christmas stockings are accompanied by traditional Christmas decorations with a twist, including: a small Christmas tree, a chalkboard sign reading “Let It Snow,” a basket of ornaments, and a candy-cane striped scarf.

    (Image Credit: Paint Me Pink)

    6. Put the Christmas Stockings to Bed

    Your headboard, footboards, and bed posts all present easy and cute options for hanging your Christmas stockings.

    If you have kids, this is an especially excellent idea. Let’s face it. When they wake up on Christmas morning, the first place they’re heading is your bedroom to rouse you from a deep slumber. So, why not start the Christmas Day festivities watching your kiddos open their Santa goodies from the comfort of your bed?

    As for how to pull off the look, you can go bold or neutral. While we love bright and traditional colors in holiday decor, we can’t help but admire this bedroom Christmas stocking display example from Country Living featuring a mix of calming neutral colors.

    (Image Credit: Country Living)

    7. Leverage an Existing Shelf at the Center of Your Home

    We’re willing to bet that your walls are already home to a shelf or two. So, why not take advantage of what you already have to hang your Christmas stockings?

    This Christmas stocking shelf display courtesy of Tidbits is creative, rustic, and relatively easy to pull off.

    What we really love about this idea is that it’s set over the family room couch — one of the most important areas in the house for sitting back and enjoying the holiday season.

    (Image Credit: Tidbits)

    8. Use a Branch to Create a Rustic Wall Display

    If you’re looking for a simple, minimalistic, and rustic look for your Christmas stocking hanging display, this branch holder may be the best idea for you.

    As you can see from this example from POPSUGAR — in a post sponsored by everyone’s favorite retailer Target — it’s pretty darn easy to achieve this look.

    Scavenge the outdoors for the perfect branch, use a couple nails or hooks to hang, and then hang your stockings. Easy peasy.

    (Image Credit: POPSUGAR)

    9. Use the Back of a Dining Room Chair

    There may be no simpler way to create a Christmas stocking display than using your dining room chair backs as a hook.

    While hanging your stockings on chair backs needs no special instruction, we would recommend making an effort to tie your dining room table top into the decor. After all, you don’t want the stockings to look out of place.

    As you can see in our example from Remodelando la Casa, consider using an eclectic mix of decor items such as pine cones, ornament bulbs, sprigs of holly, holiday dishes, and so on to create a custom look.

    (Image Credit: Remodelando la Casa)

    10. Design a Faux Mantel in Any Room

    While you may not have a fireplace, you can recreate the look of a fireplace mantel using your existing furniture.

    This festive and unique example comes from The Faux Martha through a post that was sponsored by the one and only Pottery Barn. In the case of the author, Melissa, this display was set in her dining room and the stockings are hung from from the storage doors.

    But, from our perspective, we think something similar could find a place in your living room, family room, loft or home office.

    (Image Credit: The Faux Martha)

    11. Liven Up Your TV Stand

    Add some color, flair, and tradition to your television viewing area by using traditional Christmas stocking holders to hang stockings from the TV stand’s ledge.

    In our example from Honey We’re Home, the stockings are accompanied by some additional decor to tie everything together.

    (Image Credit: Honey We’re Home)

     

     

    No Mantel, No Problem

    As you can see from these beautiful examples, you don’t need a fireplace to create a stunning and functional Christmas stocking hanging display. You just need a little imagination.

    How do you display your Christmas stockings? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

  • History of Christmas Stockings

    The role that Christmas stockings play in a family’s celebration of Christmas is not one to be taken lightly. Most adults vividly remember the pride of hanging their own personalized stocking as a child, and the excitement of discovering the small goodies left by Santa. But just how did this tradition come to be, and how has the tradition transformed over the years? Read on to find out.

    History of Christmas stockings

    Origins of the Christmas Stocking

    The origination of the Christmas stocking tradition dates back over, shortly after the legend of St. Nicholas took root in the early centuries A.D. Though there are no definitive explanations of how Christmas stockings came to be, several variations of this folktale have been circulated throughout history.

    The most popular story being of a poor and widowed Englishman and his the three daughters. The story says that St. Nicholas, known for his kindness and generosity, had discovered the family’s misfortune and set out to deliver an extravagant gift. On Christmas eve, St. Nicholas tossed three bags of gold coins down the family’s chimney, where they landed in the socks that were hung above the fireplace to dry.

    The story of the Christmas stockings fissured into several unique traditions. Some would hang their father’s wool socks (the bigger the better, of course), others would hang uniquely decorated sock-shaped bags. On Christmas Day, children around the world would awaken to find their stockings stuffed with small gifts and sweets.

    Today’s Christmas Stocking Traditions

    Today’s Christmas stockings are typically created in the shape of an oversized sock, and personalized for each individual in the family. Some feature simple names stitched at the top, others are hand-crafted works of art that portray the hobbies and interests of the cheerful individuals.

    In the last century, the tradition of Christmas stockings has relaxed, with families experimenting with the location, stocking stuffers, design and fabric. For those that want to venture away from the traditional placement above the fireplace, or for those that don’t have a fireplace, here are some popular alternatives:

    • Cascading down a staircase
    • Hanging from a DIY mantel
    • Perched atop your entertainment stand
    • Strung across an open wall

    One of the most interesting aspects of modern-day stocking stuffers is the individual practices passed down from generation to generation. Every Christmas, my father is absolutely adamant that each child receives an orange and a new toothbrush, nuzzled among handfuls of candy. This was the tradition passed down to him by his father, and the tradition that his grandfather bestowed upon his father. Each family has their own tradition of stocking stuffers, but the most common items used for stocking stuffers today are:

    • Candy
    • Jewelry
    • Fruit
    • Gift cards
    • Small toys or games
    • Books
    • Bath and beauty products

    When it comes to the fabric options for Christmas stockings, the most common types are wool, velvet, felt, quilted soft cotton, cozy cableknit and burlap. The fabric you choose for your Christmas stockings helps to guide the rest of your Christmas decor. For instance, velvet stockings are the perfect addition to a classic Christmas theme, while burlap stockings are a trendy statement in a modern or rustic theme. Below are examples of the most popular stocking fabrics.

  • 8 Christmas Stocking Ideas for Boys

    When it comes to Christmas decor, arguably the most important elements are the Christmas stockings. Think back to your own childhood Christmas - each person in the family had a stocking that represented something they loved - sports, animals, a special talent. And for most families, the same Christmas stocking was hung year after year, creating a special memory of the unique collection of stockings.

    When it comes to Christmas stockings for boys, choose one that’s high-quality to ensure it lasts through their most precious Christmas years, and one that’s unique to their personality or hobbies. Below are a collection of our favorite Christmas stockings for boys. Simply click on an image to learn more about each.

    Friendly Rudolph Christmas Stocking

    Capture the innocence of childhood with his favorite Christmas story character: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. The best part about this stocking is it arrives as a Christmas stocking kit - which means he can take pride in crafting his stocking together with grandma, mom or all by himself. The precious memories of creating his Rudolph stocking will be reignited with each Christmas the stocking is hung.

    View this Rudolph Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sports-Themed Christmas Stockings

    Whether they love to play or watch sports, boys absolutely love sports-themed stockings. One benefit of a sports-themed Christmas stocking is that kids typically favor a certain sport for most of their adolescence, so the theme will stay relevant through years of Christmases. This great collection features a young man playing his favorite sport, and can be customized with your boy’s name for free!

    View the Personalized Football, Basketball and Baseball Christmas stockings here.

     

     

     

     

     

    Nordic Blue Christmas Stocking

    The color blue has long been associated with boys, and a commonly referenced 2003 study confirms that blue continues to be the most popular color for males. The study showed that 57% of males surveyed claimed blue their favorite. If your Christmas decor theme lends itself to a more simplistic style of Christmas stockings, this Nordic themed wool stocking may be the perfect stocking for the boys in your family.

    View the Blue Nordic Wool Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Daredevil Snowboarding Santa Stockings

    Do you have a snowboarder in the family? If your boy can be found “tearin’ it up” on the slopes, this is the perfect Christmas stocking to capture his passion. Pay close attention to the detail and quality in this snowboarding stocking kit - as the design includes a detailed winter lodge, chair lift and beautifully-placed sequins to capture the magical spirit of Christmas.

    View the Snowboarding Santa Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Motorcycle Santa Christmas Stocking

    Boys can’t get enough of those planes, trains and automobiles - especially when that automobile is a decked out motorcycle! If your child enjoys playing with motorcycles, or looks up to a motorcycle-driving family member, this is the perfect Christmas stocking for him. Personalize the stocking by stitching his name into the white racing flag!

    View the Motorcycle Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Choo Choo Train-The Candy Express Bucilla Stocking

    Ever since trains were invented over 200 years ago, little boys across the world have been fascinated with them. In this high-quality Bucilla Felt Christmas stocking kit, he’ll love seeing cheerful Frosty the Snowman in the conductor’s seat of an adorable holiday choo choo train.

    View the Candy Express Train Stocking here.

    BONUS! If you can’t get enough of this amazing holiday train design, consider complementing the stocking with a matching tree skirt and ornament set.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Football Santa Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    A joyful Santa prepares to make his throw of the season on this festive football stocking! For the boy that loves Christmas cheer and football, the Football Santa Christmas Stocking is the perfect option. What makes this stocking even more fun is the fact it’s a Bucilla Stocking Kit. Take pride in crafting such an intricate and beautiful stocking that he will cherish for a lifetime.

    View the Football Santa Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fishing Santa Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    The camaraderie between a father and son, or a grandfather and grandson that develops while fishing is not to be taken lightly. Whether the boy in your life fishes as a hobby, or just on special father-son occasions, this Fishing Santa Christmas Stocking will bring joy to his heart every time he sees it.

    View the Fishing Santa Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Whether the special boy in your life loves sports, a favorite Christmas character or a certain hobby, MerryStockings.com has the perfect Christmas stocking for him. To browse our full collection of Christmas Stockings, visit any of the links below:

    Personalized Christmas Stockings           Christmas Stocking Kits

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – Cording

    A Bucilla kit construction question I often get is how to make and tack cording on to a kit. There are quite a few Bucilla kits that require cording either in the design or as hangers for ornaments.

    You make cording by twisting up the floss provided in the kit.  To do this well, you will need

    • Scotch tape
    • An ink pen with an arm on it
    • A full, 36” length of floss (all six strands)
    • A table, or other hard surface

     

    Step 1:  Knot the end of one 36” length of floss.  Tape the end with the knot to the edge of a table.

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial step 1

    Step 2:  Twist the floss tightly by turning it. I twisted it many, many, many times to make it tight.

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial step 2

    Step 3:  Holding the twisted floss taught in one hand, I hooked the arm of the pen on the floss and slid it to the middle, folding the floss in half and hold both ends of the floss together on the table.

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial step 3

    Step 4:  Keep hold of the ends and let the pen go.  The weight of the pen should twist the two halves of the floss together.

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial step 4

    Step 5:  Once the pen stops twirling, pull it out (Keep holding the two ends together).

    Step 6:  Knot the two ends of the floss together.

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial step 5

     

    Here is a video:

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    Finished cording:

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial finished photo

     

     

     

    Most kits will tell you the lengths of cording you will need.  For instance, the Over the Rooftops kit requires a 2", a 7", and a 9" length of cording. Make sure you make TWO KNOTS before cutting a length of floss or it will unravel!

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial finished photo 2

     

    Now, how do you attach this cording to your stocking?  If you want to hide the knots, I have heard of folks using a large-eyed needle (like a chenille needle) and actually threading the cording (like you would any floss) through the back of the felt and back down like you might any straight stitch. Be cautious! This large needle will make a bigger hole in your felt, so it is important to go slowly and get it right the first time. You might also be able to hide the knots between two layers of felt before stitching them down. (For instance, you could hide the knot for the beginning of the reigns on the Over the Rooftops Bucilla Christmas stocking kit kit underneath Santa's mittens).

    Once you have the cording in the place you want, use one strand of the same color floss as the cording to make some small tack stitches along the cording to hold it in place. These stitches should blend right in with the cording.

    Please add comments if you have tricks or tips on making and attaching cording. We’d love to hear from you.

    Kirsten

     

     

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