A Christmas Stocking for Mom
My Barbie Angel
The Barbie was from the 1997 Happy Meal.
A family Christmas memory of a special stocking
Mom's are generally the most overlooked when it comes to Christmas. I speak in general terms because there are some Dad's who may prefer the Christmas preparation but I don't know any. Mom does the shopping for gifts, the wrapping, and decorating. Mom is also the one deciding what goes in each stocking for good little girls and boys.
The year before my mother's 80th birthday, I decided that I would make her the best stocking ever. I have to admit that even as a grown child approaching my 50th birthday, my mom still tickled the "big" kids and the grandchildren with astounding stockings. It really didn't seem to matter what else we got, none of us could wait to see what was in our stocking. There was never much money spent but she knew each of us well and we always had something special. That year, I got a Barbie Angel. It is something that I treasure more every year because that was the last Christmas I had with my mom.
Start with a special stocking
You may already have stockings for each family member. That's more true if you still have small children at home. If you are an adult, you may have stocking for the immediate family members but not one for mom.
Choices - What does your mom like?
Decorated Stockings make all the difference. This is not the time to get the plain red stocking. There are many choices for that special stocking for Mom. If you know what your mom likes, find a stocking to match. I just happen to like this one.
Note to Mom's with children at home
Print this and give it to the kids and the dad. It is their job to make the best stocking for you. You can give them hints but they have to figure it out for themselves.
What goes in the stocking?
Family tradition determines what is put in a stocking. We always got an apple and an orange. There were tons of nuts that we had fun cracking. There used to be ribbon candy that stuck to the sides of the stockings. Sometimes there were funny socks. We used to get some sort of shiny thing whether it be a Slinky or for the girls, a piece of costume jewelry. Then there was the toy.
It was the toy that we all clamored for. My mother knew I collected angels and used them on my Christmas tree. The Barbie was a delight. She gathered Happy Meal toys all year long if she found one that suited the receiver. She'd save them from year to year so that there were always more than one item that could be used. The kids would get their favorite cartoon character. There were many McDonald campaigns then with more choices.
Warm comfy socks are always appreciated. If they are a little whimsical, so much the better.
Moms are girls
Sounds a little simplistic but even big girls like something a little fancy. We always got a little shiny bauble, a piece of costume jewelry, in our stocking. Once in a while, we would get something a little more expensive like a watch. Again, these were the items we treasured and if I went digging, I could still pull out the Disney Cinderella watch and figurine from the late 1950s.
These may not be what was in your stocking but they were in mine.
Nuts in their shells, ribbon candy and oranges were part of Christmas. We still do ribbon candy but only on Christmas Day.
I always thought that the orange and the apple in our stockings were a Texas tradition brought to us from my mom's family. It wasn't until I volunteered at the California Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside, California, that I learned it was an advertising gimmick from the California Orange Growers Association in 1900. Navel oranges ripen in December and January and they had a bunch to sell. The apple growers also jumped in.
We still buy ribbon candy. Today, things are much easier if you opt for individually wrapped candies that don't stick to the sides of the stocking. These do but it doesn't matter. It is part of our tradition.
This is where the Slinky comes in. We always got a stocking sized toy. The possibilities are endless, mom's like all kinds of things. My key chain yo-yo is broken so I am hinting for another. I would like a new deck of cards. This is not the place for expensive toys like phones or hand held devices. These should be simple, fun items that your mom will enjoy.
If I were to get a stocking today, I would wish for new playing cards. Ours are pretty warn out and I am printing this for my husband and child so they will get the hint.
Show mom the magic still exists
I made my mother cry. It wasn't a bad thing. I just wish that I had made more of an effort. She said that she hadn't had a stocking since she was a little girl. She was delighted that I put the things in her stocking that she had put in mine. They were the same things that her mom had put in hers.
That was the last Christmas I spent with my mom. I am happy I took the time to make her Christmas special. I just wish I had done it years sooner.
Your stocking will have different things as each family celebrates their own traditions. Just make sure that Mom is appreciated and knows that the magic still exists for her too.