Filling stockings at Christmastime is one of my favorite parts of the whole holiday. There were many stocking traditions in my family. Some have evolved over time and some are still unchanged to this day.
As kids, we each had a Christmas stocking hanging in our bedrooms; they usually only had one or two items in them but they were great for kicking off the excitement as soon as our feet hit the floor. Then we moved downstairs to the tree, where our stockings – beautiful, hand-knit stockings that my aunt made each of us – had been left hanging from the fireplace the previous night. Now they would be lying on the floor, filled to bursting.