Tunisian Christmas Stockings and Stocking Stuffers

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  1. Leslie says:

    We lived in Europe – my parents were teachers in the schools for American military children – and when my elder brother and sister were little my parents bought for them stockings made out of red felt. My brother’s had a Santa carrying a tree appliqued and embroidered on it, and my sister’s had a little barefoot angel carrying a bell. Their names were embroidered on the white felt cuff of the stocking (cut to look a little like icicles or snow dripping down). When I came along, the stocking was copied for me, but on a plush stocking instead of a felt one, and the angel has little boots on instead and is carrying a candle. When my younger brother came along years later, another stocking was made for him; and since then my sister has made them for her husband and children, and one sister-in-law has one, too. They’re all the same basic pattern, but all a little different.

    The other thing we have is a Christmas tree pin. A student gave my mom one years ago, and I always loved it. Years later I found one in an antique shop; and then I went on the hunt. So now every woman in the family has one! 🙂

    • AliciaS says:

      Oh lovely!!! As a child we didn’t have many ongoing traditions, but I’m making up for that now! We have a ton! Are all the tree pins the same and tracked down to match? Or different styles to suit each person?

  2. Jennifer says:

    We’re on our third set of family Christmas stockings. When the kids were very little I bought coordinating felt and sequin kits and made stockings from that. I really enjoyed sewing the little felt pieces together to make the decorations on them (deer, fireplaces… ). Then we had an addition to our family so new stockings were in order. I knit these in individual colors for everyone — same design, different color schemes. Those lasted several years. I just finished a set of Mary Maxim stockings. With about fifty options, everyone got to pick their own design. Hopefully these will be the last set I make. I still have the instruction books, so I can always make another one.

    • AliciaS says:

      I always have wanted to do one of those kits, I think I even have one, but they scare me! lol I find them so overwhelming.

  3. Heather says:

    It is a weirdly shaped stocking, but I like the idea of making it a door hanger. It would be perfect stuffed with cinnamon sticks or holiday potpourri!

    I loved everyone’s Christmas tradition stories!

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